Wind Center Director Makes Case for Federal Funds
Texas Tech wind science expert helps federal officials better understand the need to fund research into alternative energies.
Written by Leslie Cranford
According to Swift’s testimony, over the past decade, wind power has been the fastest growing source of new bulk electrical power generation in the U.S. and the world.
Andy Swift, director of Texas Tech’s Wind Science and Engineering Research Center, was one of several experts to testify recently before a U.S. House hearing of the Subcommittee on Energy and Environment, a subcommittee of the House Committee on Science and Technology. The focus of the hearing was on legislation to increase federal funding of wind and solar research.
“This is an exciting time to work in wind power,” Swift said. “I believe if research and education investments are made on the scale proposed and comparable with support of other sources of electrical power, that this industry can provide 20 percent of the nation’s electrical energy by 2030 – providing a clean, affordable and domestic source of renewable power to the citizens of our nation.”
The center, established in 1970, is focused on research, education and information outreach. The comprehensive and interdisciplinary research program aspires to take advantage of the useful qualities of wind and to mitigate its detrimental effects. It offers the only doctorate degree in Wind Science and Engineering in the nation.
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