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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

  • May 27, 2016

    U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition provides undergraduates real-world skills they need to enter tomorrow’s clean energy workforce.

  • May 23, 2016

    The Wind Program announced that the Distributed Wind Energy Association (DWEA) has been selected as a partner to support the long-term sustainability of the Wind for Schools program.

  • May 20, 2016

    The U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition helps undergraduates learn the real-world skills they need to grow America's clean energy economy.

  • May 19, 2016
    From medical devices to airplane components, three-dimensional (3-D) printing (also called additive manufacturing) is transforming the manufacturing industry. Now, research that supports the Energy Department’s Atmosphere to Electrons (A2e) initiative is applying 3-D-printing processes to create wind turbine blade molds.
  • May 19, 2016

    The U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition 2016 starts May 24—less than a week away—at the annual American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) WINDPOWER Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans. Whether you’re coming from near or far, it’s time to plan your visit to check out the next generation of wind-industry professionals.

  • May 12, 2016
    U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition organizers have announced the judges for the 2016 competition, which will take place May 24-25 at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) WINDPOWER conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • May 11, 2016
    The Energy Department's Wind Program intends to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to advance the readiness of technologies intended to reduce eagle mortalities at operational wind turbines or wind facilities. This FOA would aim to expand technical options available for further development and testing, and support the field testing and evaluation of near-commercial technologies. If successful, it will provide wind plant owners and operators with viable and cost-effective tools to reduce eagle impact risks and ease regulatory hurdles.
  • May 11, 2016
    Balancing the power grid is an art—or at least a scientific study in chaos—and the Energy Department is hoping wind energy can take a greater role in the act. Yet, the intermittency of wind—sometimes it’s blowing, sometimes it’s not—makes adding it smoothly to the nation’s electrical grid a challenge. If wind energy were to become more predictable, use of this clean, renewable power source stands to increase. 
  • May 11, 2016
    Wind farm production frequently falls short of expectations. Poor forecasts of low-altitude winds, suboptimal wind plant design and operation, and higher-than-expected downtimes and maintenance costs all undermine project profitability. Each of these issues results from industry reliance on insufficient computational approaches for simulating wind farm inflow and plant behavior under realistic operating conditions. These tools largely neglect the influence of changing weather conditions and other environmental impacts, such as terrain characteristics, on simulated flows at turbine heights.
  • May 11, 2016
    When it comes to increasing the efficiency of 160,000 miles of U.S. high-voltage transmission lines, the answer might be blowing in the wind. In fact, when the wind blows just the right way on a high-voltage line, the line cools enough to safely increase the amount of current between 10% and 40%.
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