As part of its Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will give $1.8 million to support development of larger wind turbine blades that will facilitate capturing more power from wind resources and also increase wind turbine efficiency,nawindpower.com reports. The DOE says the funding will be used for “research and development of technological innovations to improve the manufacturing, transportation and assembly of wind turbine blades longer than 60 meters,” according to the article. Larger blades on taller turbines “have the potential to harness wind power resources from more than 1 million additional square miles in the U.S.,” which should help wind energy development in areas such as the Southeast, where “wind resources can be accessed at greater heights.” For more, read the full article.