DOE’s WETO invests in energy science research and development (R&D) activities that enable the innovations needed to advance U.S. wind systems, while continuing to address market and deployment barriers including siting and environmental impacts. WETO is dedicated to driving down the cost of wind energy with more efficient, more reliable, and more predictable wind energy systems.
WETO works with national laboratories, industry, universities, and other agencies to conduct R&D activities through competitively selected, directly funded, and cost-shared projects. WETO’s efforts target both land-based and offshore wind power—including utility-scale and distributed systems—and focus on novel research not being undertaken by the U.S. wind industry owing to high perceived costs or risks or an industry focus on near-term investment returns.
LBNL is a member of the national laboratory system supported by DOE through its Office of Science. It is managed by the University of California and charged with conducting unclassified research across a wide range of scientific disciplines. The researchers who helped develop the USWTDB are part of LBNL’s Electricity Markets and Policy Group (EMP). EMP informs public and private decision making within the U.S. electricity sector through independent, interdisciplinary analysis of critical electricity policy and market issues.
LBNL’s contribution to this project is made possible through support from WETO within DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231.
AWEA is the national trade association for the U.S. wind industry. With thousands of wind industry members and wind policy advocates, AWEA promotes wind energy as a clean source of electricity for American consumers.
As the premier organization representing the interests of America’s wind energy industry, AWEA counts hundreds of organizations in its membership program. Members are wind power project developers, manufacturers, utilities, and research institutes—organizations at the forefront of the wind energy industry.
Hundreds of thousands of wind energy activists from across the country call on their members of Congress to support wind energy through AWEA’s advocacy program. Meanwhile, regional partner organizations promote the growth of wind energy nationwide at the local and state levels.
The USGS Energy Resources Program (ERP) addresses the challenge of increasing demand for energy sources by studying and assessing the resources of the geologic energy sources, such as oil and gas, coal, gas hydrates and geothermal. The USGS ERP is also involved in studying the impacts of wind and environmental effects of resource extraction, use and development. The results of USGS research and USGS data are used to inform policymakers regarding domestic and foreign energy resources and to manage energy resources on Federal lands.
The USGS scientists who contributed to USWTDB brought expertise in geospatial systems, mapping, and energy resource assessments to create a unified database viewer.