EERE plays a key role in advancing America's "all of the above" energy strategy, leading a large network of researchers and other partners to deliver innovative technologies that will make renewable electricity generation cost-competitive with traditional sources of energy.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) leads national efforts to improve the performance, lower the costs, and accelerate the deployment of wind energy technologies—both on land and offshore. DOE is linked to more patents in wind energy than any other organization, and those innovations helped the installed U.S. wind energy capacity to increase nearly 16-fold between 2000 and 2010. Today's wind industry supports 75,000 U.S. jobs, including workers at more than 400 manufacturing plants in 44 states.
The Wind Program, part of the Wind and Water Power Technologies Office, works to enable rapid expansion of clean, affordable, and reliable domestic wind power to promote national security, economic vitality, and environmental quality.
EERE'S WORK IN WIND ENERGY
Large Wind Technology
Increasing the performance and reliability of large wind technologies, while lowering the cost
Addressing the performance and reliability challenges associated with smaller turbines installed in remote locations
Resource Assessment and Characterization
Defining, measuring, and forecasting land-based and offshore wind resources
Environmental Impacts and Siting of Wind Projects
Avoiding, minimizing, and mitigating environmental impacts of wind projects in a cost-effective manner
Offshore Wind Technology
Capturing wind resources off U.S. coasts and converting it into electricity
Wind Turbine Manufacturing
Helping manufacturers develop advanced blade designs, fabrication techniques, and automation processes
Renewable Systems Interconnection
Incorporating more wind energy into the power system, while maintaining reliable grid operation
Wind Resource Maps and Data
Resource maps to identify potential sites for wind projects