Catch the Wind: 📢 New Road Map Charts Path for Domestic Offshore Wind Supply Chain

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Wind Energy Technologies Office


January 23, 2023

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Continue to follow the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Wind Energy Technologies Office (WETO) for the latest news, events, and updates.

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Did You Know?

In order to reach the Biden administration’s goal of 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030, the United States will need to deploy at least 2,100 offshore wind turbines.

Learn more by checking out the National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium’s newly published road map.


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New Road Map Identifies What’s Needed for U.S. Offshore Wind Energy Supply Chain

The National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium (NOWRDC) has published The Demand for a Domestic Offshore Wind Energy Supply Chain road map. Funded by NOWRDC, DOE, and the Maryland Energy Administration, the new road map identifies the work that is needed to develop a domestic supply chain that can manufacture and deploy the major components needed to install 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030.

2022 Elevated Wind Energy to New Heights

This past year brought many advances in wind energy, including a pathway for a circular wind turbine economy, improved wind turbine manufacturing, and collegiate competitors inspiring the next generation of clean energy champions. Learn more in our 2022 recap of this whirlwind of a year.

Register for First-Ever Summit on the Floating Offshore Wind Shot™

The U.S. Departments of Energy, the Interior, Transportation, and Commerce will host the first-ever Floating Offshore Wind Shot Summit on Feb. 22–23, 2023. Join Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm along with policy makers, experts, community leaders, and innovators to discuss the Floating Offshore Wind Shot™, an ambitious initiative to reduce the cost of floating offshore wind energy by more than 70% by 2035.

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DOE To Issue Funding for Grid-Enhancing Technologies

DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory, on behalf of DOE’s Office of Electricity, released a notice of intent to provide funds to address gaps in information on the real-world benefits and usage of grid-enhancing technologies. This upcoming funding opportunity, titled Increasing Utilization and Reliability of Electric Infrastructure with Grid-Enhancing Technologies, is planned for release in February 2023 and will support the demonstration of dynamic line rating and power flow controller capabilities, in line with the department’s Building a Better Grid Initiative.

Funding Is Now Available for School Wind Energy Projects

REpowering Schools, a nonprofit organization that works with educators and the renewable energy industry to engage and train a diverse and sustained renewable energy workforce, is partnering with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to offer seed-funding for wind energy projects. Up to $6,000 to be used for the spring semester of 2023 will be offered to universities, colleges, and community colleges for projects related to wind energy. For more information, including covered project expenses and how to apply, check out the organization’s website.

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Researchers Work to Better Understand Wind Turbine Interactions with Other Turbines and the Atmosphere

The American WAKE experimeNt (AWAKEN), an international, multi-institutional effort to gather the most comprehensive data-set to date on how individual wind turbines interact with one another and the atmosphere on a wind farm, is well underway. AWAKEN will use these data to better predict the future performances of wind farms, which could improve their overall efficiency. Instruments now installed at eight field sites across northern Oklahoma have been streaming real-time data since September 2022. The data are currently being uploaded in near-real time to DOE’s Atmosphere to Electrons Data Archive and Portal.

DOE Launches C2C Program to Help Communities Meet Their Clean Energy Goals

DOE’s new Clean Energy to Communities (C2C) program connects local government, electric utilities, and community-based organizations with the immense capabilities of DOE’s national lab complex to help them turn their clean energy goals into reality. With three distinct levels of assistance, ranging from a few weeks to a few years, C2C supports communities in transitioning to clean energy systems that reflect their local priorities. Learn more about the program and apply today.


American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics SciTech Forum

Conference: Jan. 23–27, 2023, National Harbor, MD, and Virtual

This 5-day conference is the world’s largest event for aerospace research, development, and technology. Join the 2023 forum virtually or in person to explore how aerospace is solving societal grand challenges, what funding resources are available, where the intersection of science and engineering is, and more. DOE Offshore Wind Lead Jocelyn Brown-Saracino will give a plenary talk at this year’s forum on current and trending topics in offshore wind energy generation.

Floating Wind Solutions 2023

Conference: Jan. 30–Feb. 1, 2023, Houston, TX  

Floating Wind Solutions is focused on accelerating the clean energy transition. This 3-day conference will hold discussions on the industrialization and commercialization of floating offshore wind energy, including DOE’s Floating Offshore Wind ReadINess Prize.

Floating Offshore Wind Shot Summit

Conference: Feb. 22–23, 2023, Virtual

This 2-day virtual summit hosted by DOE and others will feature discussions on the Floating Offshore Wind Shot, an ambitious initiative to reduce the coast of floating offshore wind energy by at least 70% by 2035. Speakers will include Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm, along with policy makers, experts, community leaders, and innovators.

Distributed Wind 2023 

Conference: Feb. 27–March 1, 2023, Arlington, VA, and Virtual

Let’s talk distributed wind energy! Learn about new technology, services, and business opportunities from industry experts and federal leaders regarding the distributed wind energy industry. Whether you attend in person or virtually, this is not an event to miss for the distributed wind energy community.  

Northwest Offshore Wind Conference

Conference: Feb. 28–March 1, 2023, Portland, OR

The Pacific Ocean Energy Trust will host experts and leaders from around the Pacific Northwest for a 2-day deep dive into offshore wind energy. Attendees will include members of wind energy development companies, government agencies, national labs, universities, and the nonprofit sector.

ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit 

Conference: March 22–24, 2023, Washington, D.C.

This 3-day conference and technology showcase brings together experts from multiple disciplines and professional communities to think about America’s energy challenges. Innovation is the name of the game at this event as we aim to move transformational energy technologies from the lab to the market.

2023 International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum

Conference: March 28–30, 2023, Baltimore, MD 

Hosted by the Business Network for Offshore Wind, this 3-day offshore wind energy conference will consist of panels and presentations that will bring together the global offshore wind energy industry and offer the latest in educational content. Preview this year’s agenda and see registration information. 

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