The Department of Energy Wind Energy Technologies Office invests in energy science research and development activities that enable the innovations needed to advance U.S. wind systems, reduce the cost of electricity, and accelerate the deployment of wind power.

How Do Wind Turbines Work?

Learn the basics of how wind turbines operate to produce clean power from an abundant, renewable resource—the wind.

Wind Research & Development Projects Map

Browse through more than 250 projects in the Wind Energy Technologies Office's interactive, state-by-state map highlighting their Research and Development portfolio. 

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News

DOE Announces Funding for Advanced Wind Turbine Generator R&D
WETO has announced a Funding Opportunity Announcement entitled "Advanced Next-Generation, High-Efficiency, Lightweight Wind Turbine Generator."
November 14, 2018
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Collegiate Wind Competition Informational Webinar Recording Available
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) held an informational webinar on Monday, October 22 to discuss the Collegiate Wind Competition.
November 1, 2018
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Research Suggests Wind Turbines Can Provide Grid Reliability and Flexibility
Sandia researchers demonstrated that modulating the rotation speed of wind turbine rotors can offer two important grid services.
October 12, 2018
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Turbines in Terrain: Wind Forecasting Study Completed in Columbia Gorge
To improve wind forecast accuracy, WETO funded the second Wind Forecast Improvement Project (WFIP2).
October 12, 2018
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Offshore Wind Market Value Varies Significantly Along U.S. East Coast
A study from LBNL finds that the market value of offshore wind generally exceeds that of land-based wind in the region.
October 12, 2018
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Vertical-Axis Wind Turbines Could Reduce Offshore Wind Energy Costs
A new study by Sandia National Laboratories looks at the feasibility for deep-water offshore installations of a less-common wind turbine design.
October 12, 2018
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Oh Buoy! PNNL Researchers Dive into Data Delivered from New Jersey Coast
WETO commissioned Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to deploy two research buoys off the New Jersey and Virginia coasts.
October 12, 2018
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Stereo Vision Improves "Fly-By" Data for Offshore Wind Power
Researchers from PNNL have come up with a novel way to integrate that stereo vision feature into software.
October 12, 2018
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Celebrating Another Year of Progress for U.S. Offshore Wind
Letter from the Wind Energy Technologies Office Acting Director from the Fall 2018 Wind R&D Newsletter.
October 12, 2018
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IEA Research Study Extended To Improve Accuracy of Offshore Wind Systems Design Tools
NREL researchers received a four-year extension of IEA research that will advance the overall accuracy of offshore wind computer modeling tools.
October 12, 2018
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REPORTS

Updates to the Wind Vision Roadmap
Tracking progress and updates in the Wind Vision Roadmap.
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2017 State of Wind Development in the United States by Region
2017 State of Wind Development in the United States by Region is a comprehensive examination of U.S. wind energy development and deployment.
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Enabling the SMART Wind Power Plant of the Future Through Science-Based Innovation
This report explains how new energy science and technological breakthroughs could cut the cost of wind energy in half by 2030.
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2017 Distributed Wind Market Report Fact Sheet
Fact sheet that summarizes the key findings of the 2017 Distributed Wind Market Report.
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2016 Wind Market Reports
Offshore, distributed, and wind technologies market reports from the Wind Energy Technologies Office.
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2016 Wind Technologies Market Report
Wind power capacity in the United States experienced strong growth in 2016.
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2016 Distributed Wind Market Report
This report provides stakeholders with statistics and analysis of the distributed wind market, along with insight into its trends and characteristics.
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2016 Offshore Wind Technologies Market Report
This report provides quantitative information about the offshore wind market, technology, and cost trends in the United States.
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2017 Wind Market Reports

Increased wind power capacity, additional domestic wind turbine manufacturing, and declining costs supported the growth and expansion of the U.S. wind power market in 2017, as detailed in three market reports released by the Energy Department.

Cover of the 2017 Wind Technologies Market Report.

Read the Wind Vision Report

The Wind Vision Report assesses the potential economic, environmental, and social benefits of a scenario where U.S. wind power supplies 10% of the nation’s electrical demand in 2020, 20% in 2030, and 35% in 2050.

Also see the Wind Vision Detailed Roadmap Actions: 2017 Update.

National Offshore Wind Strategy

The National Offshore Wind Strategy: Facilitating the Development of the Offshore Wind Industry in the United States could help enable 86 gigawatts of offshore wind in the United States by 2050 by presenting the actions and innovations needed to reduce deployment costs and timelines and providing a roadmap to support the growth and success of the industry.

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