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    WIND ENERGY - Research & Development
 
The United States faces many challenges as it prepares to meet its energy needs in the twenty-first century. Electricity supply crises, fluctuating natural gas and gasoline prices, heightened concerns about the security of the domestic energy infrastructure and of foreign sources of supply, and uncertainties about the benefits of utility restructuring are all elements of the energy policy challenge.

Wind energy is an important part of the diverse energy portfolio that is needed for a stabile, reliable energy sector in the United States.

The promise of wind energy is immense; however, reaping the full benefits from this technology rests heavily on sustaining aggressive research, development, and support programs.

In order to expand wind energy's contribution to the nation, the Wind and Water Power Technology Program's wind energy research focuses on the two elements of its mission:

 
 
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