Catch the Wind: DOE To Host Floating Offshore Wind Shot Webinar This Wednesday

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Wind Energy Technologies Office


September 26, 2022

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In This Issue

Continue to follow the Wind Energy Technologies Office (WETO) for the latest news, events, and updates.

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Did You Know?

WETO works with industry partners to increase the performance and reliability of next-generation wind technologies while lowering the cost of wind energy. Check out our website to learn how we support the continued evolution of wind energy technology.

Clean Energy Champions

Meet Clean Energy Champion Nader Samaan

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Nader Samaan is a Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) electrical engineer who supports the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Wind Energy Technologies Office by helping grid operators understand the variability and uncertainty of wind power. He also co-authors the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers journal papers on wind capacity value and wind power plant short circuit contributions—with more than 600 citations, the task isn’t exactly a breeze.

When asked for his favorite wind energy fact, Samaan provided a compelling anecdote from his experience prior to working for PNNL. He had been doing integration interconnect studies for one of the first wind projects in the Pacific Northwest and after he moved to PNNL, he realized one day that he was driving past wind farms he’d help simulate. Samaan helps us remember that, while it might not always feel like it day-to-day, our work in the wind industry is always steadily towering around us! Head over to PNNL’s website to learn more.


Floating Offshore Wind Shot Webinar

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The Departments of Energy, the Interior, Commerce, and Transportation just launched ambitious initiatives to position the U.S. to lead the world on floating offshore wind design, development, manufacturing, and deployment. This included the Floating Offshore Wind Shot, a goal to deploy 15 GW of floating offshore wind by 2035, and close to $50 million in R&D funding.

Now it’s time to hear more from agency experts about those efforts and next steps. Join representatives from DOE and the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management for a webinar on Wednesday, Sep. 28, at 3:30 pm ET. Register to attend.

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Opportunities and Challenges on the Path to 100% Clean Energy

The goal is to reach 100% clean electricity—a power grid that produces net-zero greenhouse gas emissions—by 2035. The future of clean energy is looking bright, but how will we get there? With goals this crucial and monumental, it’s important to ask the right questions and identify feasible solutions, which is exactly what the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has done with its newly released study.

While there are multiple routes that could lead us to net-zero, NREL found that wind energy will consistently play a key role in meeting this goal. Every presented scenario highlights the need for a rapid increase of new clean energy technology deployment, with wind and solar energy providing 60%–80% of electricity generation. This means America needs to produce more than 70 gigawatts of wind energy per year by the end of this decade—that’s more than five times the current annual deployment level of 13.4 gigawatts.

Learn more about the challenges and opportunities facing the clean energy industry in reaching net-zero by 2035 by reading the full report.

New Community Clean Energy Coalition Prize Helps Implement Justice40 Initiative

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Want to make real change in your community while helping execute the goals of the White House’s Justice40 Initiative? Apply for DOE’s new Clean Energy Coalition Prize, with a total prize pool of $1.5 million available!

The goal of the prize is to encourage community coalitions—made up of nonprofits, city governments, school systems, and other community organizations—to come together to develop a strategy to address a local clean energy opportunity or inequity. Strategies may include student education, workforce trainings, or implementation of new technologies that help direct funding to underserved communities. Learn more about how your community can get involved.


Floating Offshore Wind Shot Webinar

Webinar: Sept. 28, 2022, 3:30 p.m. ET.

This webinar will share more information about the Floating Offshore Wind Shot, the goal to deploy 15 GW of floating offshore wind by 2035, and the nearly $50 million in wind technology R&D funding. Sign up and join us!

Sandia Blade Workshop

Workshop: Oct. 17–20, 2022, Albuquerque, NM

The workshop brings together wind industry experts, wind farm stakeholders and operators, manufacturers, and researchers to address the major topics for wind turbine blades, facilitate interaction and networking among the attendees, and identify future technology pathways. For more information, visit the Sandia National Laboratories website.

Offshore WINDPOWER Conference and Exhibition

Conference: Oct. 18–19, 2022, Providence, RI

The American Clean Power Association is hosting the Offshore WINDPOWER conference, which will feature panels, presentations, workshops, and poster sessions focusing on the future of offshore wind energy. Stop by the DOE booth to learn about its offshore wind research and newest initiatives. Find more information on the event website.

In Case You Missed It

The Departments of Energy, the Interior, Commerce, and Transportation launched the Floating Offshore Wind Shot and a slew of awe-inspiring initiatives to bolster the U.S. in world leadership on floating offshore wind. A few of these initiatives are:

In other Energy Earthshot news, last week DOE announced the Industrial Heat Shot™ to cut industrial heating emissions. When it comes to initiatives that fight climate change, we definitely believe the more the merrier!