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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

  • October 1, 2015
    On October 1, the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released a fourth round of requests for proposals under the Energy Department’s Competitiveness Improvement Project (CIP) for distributed wind energy. The CIP aims to help U.S. manufacturers of small and mid-size wind turbines (with rotor-swept areas less than 1,000 square meters) to improve their turbine designs and manufacturing processes to reduce costs, improve efficiency, and eventually earn certification ensuring performance and safety.
  • September 29, 2015
    The Energy Department today released a new report showing strong progress for the U.S. offshore wind market—including the start of construction of the nation’s first commercial-scale offshore wind farm, one of 21 projects totaling 15,650 megawatts (MW) in the planning and development pipeline. Of these 21 U.S. projects, 13 projects totaling nearly 6,000 MW—enough to power 1.8 million homes—are in the more advanced stages of development, while 12 projects with more than 3,300 MW planned have announced a commercial operation date by 2020.
  • September 18, 2015
    It’s an exciting time for the U.S. offshore wind industry. After more than 15 years of laying the groundwork, the United States has finally hit a crucial milestone: in July, Deepwater Wind began offshore construction on what will be the nation’s first offshore wind project. The 30-megawatt (MW) Block Island Wind Farm promises to significantly lower electricity prices for the residents of Block Island, provide substantial clean energy to the mainland townships of the southern region of Rhode Island, and generate up to 300 jobs during construction.
  • September 17, 2015
    In the past, the wind energy industry has been relatively conservative in terms of data sharing, especially with the general public, which has inhibited the research community’s efforts to identify and mitigate the premature failures of wind turbine gearboxes. With support from the U.S.
  • September 16, 2015
    In May, two of our nation’s most advanced wind research and test facilities joined forces to help the wind energy industry improve the performance of wind turbine drivetrains and better understand how the turbines can integrate effectively with the electrical grid. Through a cooperative research and development agreement, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Clemson University will partner to share resources and capabilities in the operation and development of testing facilities.
  • September 16, 2015
    The penetration level of variable energy resources, such as wind and solar, has been steadily increasing in many modern power systems, presenting new challenges to system operators. By reducing wholesale electricity prices and increasing reserve requirements, this increased penetration may lessen incentives for new nuclear, coal, and natural gas generating plants to enter the market, thereby potentially leading to shortages of dispatchable capacity in the future.
  • September 16, 2015
    A new study published by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) found that the U.S. Eastern Interconnection—one of the largest power systems in the world—can reliably support up to a 30% penetration of wind and solar power. Using high-performance computing capabilities and new methodologies, researchers at NREL conducted the Eastern Renewable Generation Integration Study (ERGIS) and modeled hundreds of gigawatts of wind and solar on system operations to examine their impacts on other generation sources such as thermal plants.
  • September 16, 2015
    The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently awarded Pika Energy of Westbrook, Maine, with a third round of funding under the DOE Competitiveness Improvement Project (CIP). The purpose of the CIP is to help U.S. manufacturers that produce distributed wind systems to lower the cost of energy from their turbines and increase their market competitiveness.
  • September 16, 2015
    Large-eddy simulation of wind farms with parameterization of wind turbines is emerging as a powerful tool for improving the performance and lowering the maintenance cost of existing wind farms and assessing potential sites for installation. As a result, Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) is working with the University of Minnesota (UMN) St. Anthony Falls Laboratory to document and prepare the university’s offshore version of the Virtual Wind Simulator (VWiS) code for release.
  • September 16, 2015
    Offshore wind energy could potentially play a significant role in helping the United States obtain an energy portfolio composed of clean, renewable, and diversified resources. One current obstacle to the utilization of offshore wind energy is that most projections put the operation and maintenance (O&M) costs of offshore wind farms between 2 to 5 times the current average costs for land-based wind farms. One way in which those costs may be reduced is through a simple yet effective structural health monitoring system as part of an overall condition-based maintenance paradigm.
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