The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Wind Energy Technologies Office (WETO) has launched a new portfolio of investments aimed at enabling wind technology as an affordable, secure, and compatible Distributed Energy Resource (DER) option for individuals, businesses and communities seeking enhanced grid reliability and resiliency. This session will introduce WETO’s interrelated Distributed Wind portfolio of projects, and highlight investments addressing the technical challenges and opportunities presented by combining distributed wind technologies with other DERs, such as solar and storage, in isolated or grid-tied microgrid applications. The session will include presentations by National Laboratory researchers engaged in WETO’s Microgrids, Infrastructure Resilience, and Advanced Controls Launchpad (MIRACL) project. MIRACL is a collaborative research project among four DOE National Labs that establishes a unique capability by virtually connecting each lab’s DER assets to test multiple system configurations at multiple scales. Near-term R&D priorities under MIRACL include more accurately representing the value of wind in DER planning tools, standardizing controls for optimized operation of wind-centered hybrid DER systems, and increasing protections against cyber risks.