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August 17, 2015
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Thanks to Energy Department Funding, Safer Access to Offshore Wind Turbine Platforms is Demonstrated

DOE funding has helped improve worker safety on offshore wind turbines. Industry partners have created a new type of ladder designed to be safer, even in rougher seas, than existing boat-to-turbine crossings.

August 10, 2015
Quiz: Test Your Wind Energy IQ

How much do you know about wind energy? Test your knowledge with our wind power quiz!

August 10, 2015
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EERE 2014 Wind Technologies Market Report Finds Wind Power at Record Low Prices

2014 proved to be a strong year for the wind industry as the United States remained a global leader in wind energy.

August 10, 2015
Small-Scale Distributed Wind: Northern Power Systems 100 kW turbine at the top of Burke Mountain in East Burke, Vermont. | Photo courtesy of Northern Power Systems.
Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Distributed Wind Power

Learn about key facts related to wind turbines used in distributed applications.

August 10, 2015
Wind turbines are soaring to record sizes. The average rotor diameter of turbines installed in 2014 grew to 99.4 meters, up 108 percent since 1998-1999. | National Renewable Energy Laboratory photo.
Top 10 Things You Didn't Know About Wind Power

Get the details on a few of the lesser known wind energy facts.

July 10, 2015
NREL Senior Engineer Palmer Carlin at the National Wind Technology Center, flanked by some of the massive turbines he says early wind technology pioneers only dreamed of seeing. | Photo by Dennis Schroeder
Meet a 91-Year-Old Wind Energy Pioneer

Palmer Carlin helped create the wind industry. Read his fascinating story, the latest in our #LabSpotlight series.

May 19, 2015
New map shows how taller wind turbines could help unlock wind's potential in all 50 states, especially in the southeastern U.S. | Map courtesy of National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Unlocking Our Nation’s Wind Potential

Wind power is a growing source of low-cost, renewable energy in the U.S. A new report shows how next-generation wind turbine technology can unlock wind's potential.

May 4, 2015
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Boise State University Wins Collegiate Wind Competition 2015

In a field of seven collegiate teams, Boise State University of Idaho won top honors at the Energy Department's 2015 Collegiate Wind Competition for their innovative wind turbine design.

April 27, 2015
AirStreams Renewables trains veterans on how to get certified to work on wind towers. Last Thursday, the First Lady announced that companies from the energy, manufacturing, transportation and information technology sectors have committed to hiring approximately 90,000 veterans and military spouses over the next five years.  | Photo courtesy of AirStreams Renewables.
Joining Forces: Clean Energy Companies Commit to Hire Veterans

Businesses from wind, solar, fuel cell and other clean energy sectors pledge to hire transitioning service members.

April 22, 2015
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An Earth-Friendly Wind Vision

Wind energy is a clean, domestic energy source that requires little to no water and creates no air pollution when compared with conventional energy technologies.

March 31, 2015
New Interactive Map Shows Big Potential for America’s Wind Energy Future

New map shows projected growth of the wind industry over the next 35 years.

March 12, 2015
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Wind Energy Supporting 600,000 Jobs by 2050

The Energy Department’s Wind Vision Report analyzes a robust wind energy future and quantifies the environmental, social, economic benefits from wind through 2050.

March 12, 2015
The <a href="/node/778491">Wind Vision Report</a> describes potential wind industry scenarios for 2020, 2030, and 2050.
Wind Vision: New Report Highlights a Robust Wind Energy Future

Wind Vision describes scenarios for 2020, 2030 and 2050 and is a detailed roadmap for the nation's wind future.

February 19, 2015
Homeowners who install small wind turbines similar to these can qualify for tax credits. | Photo courtesy of Wind Utility Consulting
IRS Issues New Tax Credit Guidance for Owners of Small Wind Turbines

Installing small, distributed wind energy systems can help homeowners and businesses save money on their energy bills.  Now that tax filing season is here, there are even more ways to financially benefit from this sustainable source of energy.

December 23, 2014
Interested in a wind energy system at home? Follow these important steps. | Photo courtesy of Joe Guasti, Bergey Windpower Co., Inc..
Saving Energy and Money with Wind: 5 Steps Before You Invest in a New Wind Energy System

Make sure you understand these 5 important steps before investing in a wind energy system for your home.

December 10, 2014
This map shows wind potential capacity for turbine hub heights at 140 meters.
Mapping the Frontier of New Wind Power Potential

Our National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), together with the Energy Department’s Wind Program and AWS Truepower, has released new maps that illustrate vast potential for wind energy in the United States.

November 3, 2014
Workers prepare to service a turbine. | Photo credit National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL).
New Wind Career Map Navigates Industry Jobs

In an effort to support the wind industry’s recruitment of skilled workers, the Energy Department has developed a - “Wind Career Map,” a web-based tool that highlights the broad range of careers and required skill sets across the wind power industry. The occupations featured in the Wind Career Map range from technicians who install and maintain wind turbines to educators who will train the next generation of wind engineers and business leaders.

October 10, 2014
Assistant Secretary Dr. Danielson speaks in front of the VolturnUS floating wind turbine off the coast of Castine, Maine.
EERE Leadership Celebrates Offshore Wind in Maine

The University of Maine utilized $12 million in funding from EERE to deploy the VolturnUS, a one-eighth scale prototype of a commercial scale offshore floating turbine. This is the first step toward developing an offshore wind industry in Maine. The University is setting a great example for the rest of the country for just how far we can go when we dedicate ourselves to clean energy innovation.

August 18, 2014
Turbines at the National Wind Technology Center in Boulder, Colorado. The 2013 Wind Technologies Market Report includes a new chapter that focuses on trends in wind turbine nameplate capacity, hub height, rotor diameter, class, and specific power. | Photo by Ben Chicoski
Wind Turbine Scaling Enables Projects to Reach New Heights

Learn how wind turbines are soaring to new heights.

June 2, 2014
Hunting Hurricanes…and Data to Help Build Better Offshore Wind Turbines

Hurricane season is officially here. This year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is not only tracking storms, but also important data that will provide critical insights which could lead to stronger offshore wind turbines and components capable of withstanding hurricane conditions. Learn more about how NOAA and the Energy Department are working together to help accelerate deployment of offshore wind technologies.

May 8, 2014
Pennsylvania State University was crowned the winner of the Energy Department's inaugural Collegiate Wind Competition. The team designed a small-scale wind turbine that can be easily deployed to provide power in emergency and/or remote power situations.
Pennsylvania State University Wins Big In Las Vegas: Energy Department Crowns Collegiate Wind Competition Champion

Announcing the winner of the Energy Department's first ever Collegiate Wind Competition.

May 7, 2014
Advanced Offshore Wind Tech: Accelerating New Opportunities for Clean Energy

The Energy Department today announced the selection of three projects that aim to advance the offshore wind industry and lower the cost of offshore wind technologies. Learn more about these technological innovations.

May 6, 2014
Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Offshore Wind Energy

Learn more about efforts to develop America's vast offshore wind resources.

May 1, 2014
<strong>KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY</strong> From left to right: Aaron Thomsen, Stuart Disberger, Bret Gross, Cody Yost, Joe Kuhn, Lane Yoder, Hussam Alghamdi, Will Duren, Martin Mixon, Ying Huang, Alex Wurtz, Tanzila Ahmed, Armando Marquez. Not pictured: Jordan Robl, Brandon Young, Shae Pelkowski. | Photo courtesy of  Kansas State University
The Collegiate Wind Competition is Next Week: Meet the Teams Part II

Next week, 10 student teams representing colleges and universities across the country will compete in the Energy Department’s first-ever Collegiate Wind Competition, which is designed to prepare talented young people for careers in the wind energy industry and enable academic institutions to showcase the ingenuity of their students. Meet five of these talented, creative teams.

April 30, 2014
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The Energy Department has selected seven projects that will accelerate the commercialization of innovative offshore wind technologies in the United States. Each project will receive up to $4 million from the Energy Department to complete the engineering, site evaluation, and planning phase of their project. Upon completion of this phase, the Energy Department will select the up to three of these projects to advance the follow-on design, fabrication, and deployment phases to achieve commercial operation by 2017. Each of the these projects will be eligible for up to $47 million in additional funding over four years, subject to Congressional appropriations.  

This map also includes 42 grants the Energy Department made to offshore wind-related projects in 2011. Those shown in yellow are focused on advancing offshore wind technologies, such as modeling and design of offshore wind plants. Those shown in red focus on removing market barriers through analysis, assessment and strategic recommendations that will help the United States and offshore wind industry plan for greater deployment.

The red areas of the map show the annual average wind speed above that part of the ocean. Areas with speeds above 7 meters/second are considered suitable for offshore wind power projects, though many other factors are considered when selecting a site.</div></div></div>
Ready, Set, Go: New Tool and Report Help Offshore Wind Industry Take Off

The nation’s coastlines possess the strongest, most abundant, and steadiest winds in the United States, representing vast potential for clean energy production. Our Wind Program works to accelerate the American offshore wind market through a portfolio of high-impact research, development, and demonstration projects. View an interactive map of these projects and learn about a new tool that will help America get offshore wind farms up and running.