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Stay current on the news about the wind side of the Wind and Water Power Program and important wind energy events around the U.S. The Wind Program Newsletter highlights the key activities, events, funding opportunities, and resources each quarter that the program supports.

Below are more news stories related to both wind and water power from the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Wind and Water Power Program, and other federal agencies.

Recent News

  • April 29, 2016
    As the U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition 2016 draws another week closer and the teams make their final preparations for travel, we have four more teams to spotlight participating in the competition this year in New Orleans, Louisiana. This week, meet the teams from Northern Arizona University, The Pennsylvania State University, Universidad del Turabo, and University of Alaska Fairbanks. From the frigid north of Alaska to the tropical island of Puerto Rico, this year's competition shows that wind energy can be found all over the globe. Northern Arizona University
  • April 22, 2016

    Scroll through the photo gallery to see just a few of the ways the Energy Department is addressing climate change through technologies that cut carbon pollution, grow the economy and protect the planet.

  • April 21, 2016

    The U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition 2016 kicks off Monday, May 23 with the competitors testing their wind technology and concluding on Wednesday, May 25 at the American Wind Energy Association WINDPOWER conference in New Orleans. The Collegiate Wind Competition will gather 12 teams of talented university students from across the country for an intense competition to showcase their advancements in wind energy.

  • April 15, 2016

    April 17 is National Bat Appreciation Day. Bats are amazing and helpful creatures, which is why DOE is serious about finding ways to keep them safe.

  • April 11, 2016
    Deep in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge in Washington and Oregon, an extensive data collection effort is underway. It’s all part of the Wind Forecasting Improvement Project in Complex Terrain’s (WFIP 2) effort to improve wind forecasts. From October 2015 through mid-2017, scientists will collect and analyze meteorological data in order to improve wind forecasts in regions of complex terrain, such as mountains, valleys, and river gorges. Our aim is to generate better forecasts that will help make wind power more reliable, efficient, and easier to integrate into the power grid.
  • March 28, 2016

    A team at DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory is exploring the capability of wind energy to stabilize the nation's electrical grid when conventional power plants shut down. A 1.5 megawatt wind turbine, connected to a cutting edge grid simulator, is being tested at the National Wind Technology Center.

  • March 24, 2016

    Wind turbines wouldn't do their job without a drivetrain--and EERE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory has developed a new system that promises greater efficiency at less cost.

  • March 21, 2016

    The Energy Department's Cleantech University Prize competition traveled to the campus of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh for the first-ever Allegheny Region contest. A team from the University of Pennsylvania, which has developed a data-drive model for predicting a building’s power consumption, was crowned the winner and took home the $50,000 prize. Teams from the University of Maryland, Drexel University, and Carnegie Mellon University also secured additional prize money.

  • March 16, 2016

    National Labs and industry researchers are using eagles to develop technology to prevent bird collisions with wind turbines.

  • March 10, 2016
    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced that 33 small businesses have been selected to work directly with DOE national labs to accelerate the transformation toward a clean energy economy. The selected businesses will be afforded access to world-class laboratory resources to help move these innovative ideas and technologies closer to the marketplace. 
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