Collegiate Wind Competition Request for Proposals and Rules Announced

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September 11, 2019

Application Process Officially Open for the Collegiate Wind Competition 2021

Students inspect a small wind turbine designed and built for the DOE Collegiate Wind Competition.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has just released a request for proposal (RFP) for students interested in competing in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Collegiate Wind Competition in the spring of 2021.

Students are challenged to design, build, and test a model wind turbine and plan and financially analyze a wind plant. The RFP is open for applications until December 9, 2019, and interested students and faculty can learn more about the competition and the application requirements

DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory Selects a New Project to Address Wind-Wildlife Operational Challenges

DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has selected a new project under the Technology Development and Innovation program to help advance early-stage wildlife monitoring and impact minimization technologies for use at wind energy facilities.

Learn more about the recipient, their project, and how this project proposes to reduce the impacts of wind facilities on wildlife and the levelized cost of wind energy.

2020 Rules and Requirements Now Available for Collegiate Wind Competition Teams

DOE’s Collegiate Wind Competition challenges interdisciplinary teams of undergraduate students from a variety of programs to offer a unique solution to complex wind energy challenges. Details on the challenges for the 2020 Collegiate Wind Competition teams are now available in the newly released Rules and Requirements document. Teams this year will be required to research, design, and build a turbine for deployment in the high wind environment of Eastern Colorado to align with the location of the competition this year at the American Wind Energy Association’s WINDPOWER Conference.

Each year, students get hands-on experience in the wind industry by finding solutions to real challenges and collaborating with their multidisciplinary team. Find out how you can get involved in the competition today.


Pacific Rim Offshore Wind

September 30–October 2, 2019
San Francisco, California

Hosted by the Pacific Ocean Energy Trust, key players are invited to the first-ever event to focus on Trans-Pacific offshore wind opportunities.

American Wind Energy Association Offshore WINDPOWER Conference

October 22–23, 2019
Boston, Massachusetts

The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Wind Energy Technologies Office (WETO) will be exhibiting at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Offshore WINDPOWER Conference. If you’re going to be in Boston, stop by the booth to pick up the latest publications, including the Fall 2019 Wind R&D Newsletter, which will be released during the event. DOE’s Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Daniel R Simmons, will give a keynote address, and WETO-funded researchers from DOE National Laboratories will discuss offshore wind market analysis, cost reductions, environmental effects in offshore environments, and workforce development. In addition, there will be a status update on the National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium.

Resilience Week 2019 Symposium

November 4–7, 2019
San Antonio, Texas

Resilience Week is an annual symposium organized by DOE’s Idaho National Laboratory, where private and public partners discuss how they can work together to ensure a secure and reliable flow of energy across the nation. The strategically applied use of renewable energy can increase the resilience of distribution and transmission systems; however, it is important to consider all the aspects of resilience, including the most cost-effective and resilient integration of assets to adapt to and recover from natural disasters and cyber-attack.

One of the projects to be discussed at Resilience week is called Microgrids, Infrastructure Resilience, and Advanced Controls Launchpad (MIRACL), a WETO-funded project targeted at accelerating distributed wind technology development for increased microgrid resilience.

In Case You Missed It

DOE Releases Wind Market Reports Showing Robust Installations and Record-Low Prices

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released annual market reports documenting data and trends in wind installations, technologies, costs, prices, and performance through the end of 2018 for three sectors: utility-scale land-based, distributed wind, and offshore wind.

  • The utility-scale land-based wind sector had another strong year with 7,588 megawatts (MW) installed during 2018, accompanied by record low costs and prices. Read an article highlighting trends in the land-based utility-scale wind sector including regional variation in installations, increasing turbine capacities and component size, and decreasing specific power. Learn more in the 2018 Wind Technologies Market Report.
  • The U.S. distributed wind sector—which includes power from wind turbines installed near where it will be used—now stands at 1,127 MW from over 83,000 wind turbines across all 50 states. Read an article about who uses distributed wind, and download the 2018 Distributed Wind Market Report.
  • The U.S. offshore wind industry has a pipeline of 25,824 MW in various stages of development. Read an article highlighting trends in offshore wind including falling auction prices, installations in deeper water, increasing turbine capacities, and a decreasing levelized cost of energy. See the 2018 Offshore Wind Technologies Market Report.

Read the DOE press release.

Expand your knowledge with our blogs on the Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Wind Power, Offshore Wind, and Distributed Wind, then test your Energy IQ in our Wind Quiz.

For more information on these three new reports and other wind energy information and educational resources, visit


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