Renewable Energy

Research News

  • Wind Forecast Improvement Project
    DOE funds joint project to improve wind energy forecasting and products.
  • DOE and Commerce Announce New Partnership
    The two agencies to work together to develop and disseminate weather and climate information needed for renewable energy technologies that are dependent on short-term weather and longer-term climate trends.

Wind turbines.

Wind turbines. credit: NREL

Can we transform the generation and use of energy so that U.S. supplies are secure, reliable, and sustainable?

The nation’s needs for secure and sustainable energy require the best science to understand and predict the ecological, economic, and societal consequences of particular energy choices, as well as the effectiveness of strategies for minimizing environmental impacts and maximizing energy efficiency. NOAA supports these requirements through its unique mandates and expertise for ocean and coastal stewardship, coupled with longstanding research and observational assets, forecasting capabilities, and partnerships across government, academia, and the private sector.

Renewable energy technologies face a number of challenges that will need to be met in order to be successfully integrated into the nation's energy system. Building on its expertise in environmental observation and prediction, NOAA can contribute to the development and integration of renewable-energy sources through better atmospheric and oceanic observations, models, forecasts, and analysis tools.

For more detailed information see the Research for Renewable Energy Development or contact Melinda Marquis.

Current Renewable Energy Programs

Resources for Solar Energy

NOAA Directives Supporting Renewable Energy Development

NOAA Strategic Plan

Objective: A more productive and efficient economy through environmental information relevant to key sectors of the U.S. economy. The capacity to increase renewable energy generation, which is fundamental to economic security and sustainable development, is based in part on the ability to predict and harness precipitation, wind, and cloud patterns. Burgeoning renewable energy industries need more accurate resource assessments with better observations tailored to sources such as wind profiles over sea and land, solar irradiance and cloud cover measurement, as well as forecasts that support load balancing and energy supply planning on hourly, daily, weekly, seasonal, and interannual scales. [...] NOAA will develop information that is critical to the development, production, and transmission of renewable energy.

NOAA Annual Guidance Memorandum for FY 13-17

Define the future of NOAA’s weather and water services: FY11 Execution Focus. Create a federal agency-wide plan to address identified gaps in research and observing systems and NWS products needed to provide more accurate and reliable information for industry to use in the expansion of renewable energy capacity.

Objective: A more productive and efficient economy through environmental information relevant to key sectors of the U.S. economy