Tag Archives: DOE’s Wind Energy Technologies Office

National Lab Webinar Series: Understanding Wind Project Neighbors through a National Survey of Attitudes

Over the past three years, DOE’s Wind Energy Technologies Office funded an effort to characterize the baseline of public acceptance of wind facilities in the United States. In the first nationwide survey of wind project neighbors and the largest such survey conducted in the world to date, researchers collected survey data from over 1,700 randomly selected individuals living within five miles of 234 domestic wind projects. As a result of this research, Lawrence Berkeley researchers have been hosting a January – March webinar series, titled, Understanding Wind Project Neighbors through a National Survey of Attitudes.

Global Wind Power Capacity Grows by 52.6 GW, Renewable Energy World


New Lab Report: How to Cut the Cost of Wind Energy in Half

Department of Energy’s Wind Energy Technologies Office

Click image to watch a brief video about DOE’s Atmosphere to Electrons initiative.

New energy science and technological breakthroughs could cut the cost of wind energy in half by 2030—making it fully competitive with the fuel cost of natural gas.

This new finding is outlined in a report by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) that examines the future of wind power plants—backed by the supercomputing power of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) national laboratories.

It’s part of DOE’s Atmosphere to Electrons initiative, which focuses on maximizing efficiencies at the plant level (i.e. how wind turbines interact with one another and the atmosphere) rather than treating each wind turbine as an individual unit. The next step is for DOE to apply high-performance computing to this grand challenge of better understanding the complex physics that control electricity generation by wind plants. Continue reading here.

Additional Department of Energy Reports
Wind Energy Continues Rapid Growth in 2016
During American Wind Week, August 6–12, the Energy Department released three wind market reports demonstrating continued growth in wind energy nationwide. The reports cover the following market sectors: land-based utility-scaleoffshore, and distributed wind. America’s wind industry added more than 8,200 megawatts (MW) of utility-scale wind capacity last year, representing 27% of all energy capacity additions in 2016. 14 states now get more than 10% of their electricity from wind.