The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has allocated $88.2 million in fiscal year 2014 funds for the Wind Program to reduce the cost of wind power technologies and accelerate the deployment of wind power. Current activities supported by this budget include:
- Promote Offshore Wind: Development and demonstration of offshore wind systems, speeding deployment of the first U.S. offshore wind projects, and refinement of technologies by domestic wind technology manufacturing.
- Wind Plant Optimization R&D: High performance, computing-based R&D program for complex wind plant aerodynamics and wind plant operational optimization that will allow project developers to improve overall wind plant capacity factors and plant interactions with the transmission grid system.
- Manufacturing R&D: R&D program focused on high‐impact innovation in wind component manufacturing to dramatically reduce the cost of wind power technology and increase U.S. manufacturing competitiveness in the wind power industry.
- Grid Integration: Conducting wind-grid integration and transmissions studies and developing wind energy forecasting tools for grid operators.
- Streamline Siting, Permitting, and Certification: Conducting wildlife impact analyses, assessment of radar mitigation solutions, and investing in testing facilities at the national laboratories for academic and industry use.
Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Request
For fiscal year 2015, the Wind Program's budget request is $115 million. Priority activity areas for the Wind Program's fiscal year 2015 budget request include:
- Promote Offshore Wind: Multi‐year program to develop and demonstrate pioneering U.S. offshore wind systems, including targeted research at full scale, validating innovative technologies and speeding deployment of the first U.S. offshore wind projects.
- Atmosphere to Electrons (A2e): Comprehensive R&D initiative to address wind plant performance improvement opportunities. Key research institutions and computational assets will be leveraged to conduct high fidelity modeling activities to understand the complex flow of the resource in wind farms to increase wind farm energy capture, reduce annual operational costs and inform project financing.
- Manufacturing Competitiveness: R&D to address logistical and transportation constraints of very tall wind towers (120 meters and above) and very large (~100 meter) turbine blades, enabling access to better wind resources, lower energy costs, and improved domestic manufacturing competitiveness.
- Market Barriers: Facilitate environmentally responsible deployment of wind technologies through continued multi‐year efforts to ensure wind‐wildlife interactions are considered and addressed; collaboration with Federal agencies on mitigating the effects of wind turbines on long range surveillance and terminal radars; and next‐generation wind integration studies.
For information on the Wind Program's $115 million Fiscal Year 2015 budget request to Congress, please see the full DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy budget request. The Wind Program request begins on page 110.
This chart illustrates the budget for Wind Program activities in previous fiscal years. Click on the image below to view a larger version.