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May 23, 2016
Energy Department Announces Partnership with DWEA to Support Wind for Schools Program

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
5 Facts About the Collegiate Wind Competition

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
Competitors test their turbines in a wind tunnel at the Collegiate Wind Competition 2015, held at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's National Wind Technology Center just south of Boulder, Colorado. (Photo by Dennis Schroeder / NREL)
Counting Down to the Collegiate Wind Competition 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
Distinguished Professionals to Serve as Collegiate Wind Competition Judges

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 5, 2016
Meet the Collegiate Wind Competition 2016 Teams: Part 3

With weeks to go before the U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition 2016, we are pleased to introduce our final teams who hail from the University of Maryland, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Massachusetts Lowell, and University of Wisconsin–Madison.

These teams are putting all of their creativity and determination into innovative projects that have the potential to change the world. Read-on to discover their strategies for success.

April 29, 2016
Meet the Collegiate Wind Competition 2016 Teams: Part 2

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.

April 22, 2016
PHOTOS: 11 Carbon-Fighting Energy Technologies

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
Meet the Collegiate Wind Competition 2016 Teams: Part 1

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
National Bat Appreciation Day

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
Project team members from WFIP 2 meet at the Biglow Canyon Wind Farm, a data-collection site in Sherman County, Oregon. Photo courtesy: Justin Sharp/Vaisala
Testing the Wind in the Columbia River Gorge

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.