​DOE Wind Energy Technology Testing Facilities



The Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) — a consortium of Idaho National Laboratory, Boise State University, Idaho State University, University of Idaho, and University of Wyoming — is a public/private research center that provides research capabilities, energy-related educational opportunities and industry assistance to fuel economic growth.


  • Applied Visualization Laboratory allows virtual reality and augmented reality examinations of energy data sets
  • DOE’s Wind for Schools program, which engages students at higher education institutions to join Wind Application Centers, participate in the Regional Resource Centers, and consult on small wind turbine installations at rural elementary and secondary schools
  • Anemometer loan program, which enabled wind data to be collected from multiple sites to help determine feasibility of installing turbines at locations throughout the West. These efforts promoted regional partnerships with academia and private industry and led to more than 1GW of wind generation.
  • Energy Systems Technology and Education Center (ESTEC) at Idaho State University offers two-year program preparing students to work in the wind energy industry as turbine installers and technicians
  • Idaho Wind Working Group, coordinated by Boise State University, is a collaboration of government agencies, non-profit organizations, businesses, and industries interested in wind development.