The Department of Energy Wind Energy Technologies Office invests in energy science research and development activities that enable the innovations needed to advance U.S. wind systems, reduce the cost of electricity, and accelerate the deployment of wind power.

How Do Wind Turbines Work?

Learn the basics of how wind turbines operate to produce clean power from an abundant, renewable resource—the wind.

Wind Research & Development Projects Map

Browse through more than 200 projects in the Wind Energy Technologies Office's interactive, state-by-state map highlighting their Research and Development portfolio. 

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News

EERE Success Story—Clemson University to Test Next-Generation Wind Drivetrain
Wind turbine manufacturer MHI Vestas announced a $35 million, five-year investment with Clemson University to test its new 9.5-MW gearbox.
January 25, 2018
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Wind Turbines in Extreme Weather: Solutions for Hurricane Resiliency
Offshore wind turbines on the Atlantic coast (as well as the Gulf Mexico) have several challenges to contend with—including hurricanes.
January 23, 2018
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U.S. Conditions Drive Innovation in Offshore Wind Foundations
This blog is part of a series that explores offshore wind technical challenges that are different in the U.S. than in other countries.
December 19, 2017
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Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Announces $18.5 Million for Offshore Wind Research
Consortium will conduct U.S.-specific research aimed at reducing the cost of offshore wind in the United States.
December 12, 2017
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Floating Wind Power is Becoming a Reality
This blog is part of a series that explores offshore wind technical challenges that are different in the United States than in other countries.
December 11, 2017
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EERE Success Story—Unique Software Offers Tool for Securing Transmission Grid at Maximum Efficiency
INL researchers are working with partners in industry and academia to use concurrent cooling from wind to make the electrical grid more efficient.
November 20, 2017
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Everything You Need to Know about Wind Turbine Technicians
Want to hover hundreds of feet in the air on an average work day? Then being a wind technician may be just for you.
October 23, 2017
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Wind Energy Continues Rapid Growth
The United States wind industry added more than 8,200 MW of capacity and supported more than 101,000 jobs in 2016.
October 18, 2017
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NREL Paves the Way for Floating Offshore Wind Semisubmersible Model Validation
NREL researchers have been leading an international effort to validate offshore wind models.
October 18, 2017
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ThermalTracker: The Secret Lives of Bats and Birds Revealed
When planning offshore wind projects, collecting data on the abundance of birds and bats informs project siting.
October 17, 2017
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REPORTS

2016 Wind Market Reports
Offshore, distributed, and wind technologies market reports from the Wind Energy Technologies Office.
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2016 Wind Technologies Market Report
Wind power capacity in the United States experienced strong growth in 2016.
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2016 Distributed Wind Market Report
This report provides stakeholders with statistics and analysis of the distributed wind market, along with insight into its trends and characteristics.
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2016 Distributed Wind Market Report Fact Sheet
From powering industrial processes and municipalities to energy exploration, distributed wind contributes to the U.S. energy mix.
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2016 Offshore Wind Technologies Market Report
This report provides quantitative information about the offshore wind market, technology, and cost trends in the United States.
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Read the Wind Vision Report

The Wind Vision Report assesses the potential economic, environmental, and social benefits of a scenario where U.S. wind power supplies 10% of the nation’s electrical demand in 2020, 20% in 2030, and 35% in 2050.

National Offshore Wind Strategy

The National Offshore Wind Strategy: Facilitating the Development of the Offshore Wind Industry in the United States could help enable 86 gigawatts of offshore wind in the United States by 2050 by presenting the actions and innovations needed to reduce deployment costs and timelines and providing a roadmap to support the growth and success of the industry.

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