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National Wind Institute Teams With Wind Energy Foundation's "Rewarded with Wind" Campaign to Host Workshop

George Watson

February 6, 2017

The workshop will feature presentations and panel discussions with experts in wind energy, water and free enterprise on the benefits of wind energy development in Texas.

WHAT: The Texas Tech University National Wind Institute and the Rewarded with Wind Campaign to host a workshop called, "Rewarded With Wind: A Panel Discussion on the Benefits of Wind Energy Development in Texas."

WHEN: 3:30-5 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 8)

WHERE: Experimental Sciences Building, Room 120

EVENT: Rewarded with Wind is a grassroots campaign that engages and mobilizes American farmers, community leaders and citizens across the country in support of rural economic development and energy independence created by wind energy projects. The workshop will bring together experts in wind energy, water and free enterprise for presentations and an open panel discussion on the thriving wind industry in Texas, and what can be done going forward to expand the use of wind energy.

The Competitive Renewable Energy Zones for wind power transmission in Texas consist of 117 wind projects with more than 10,000 turbines producing enough energy to power 4.1 million homes. Texas is the leading producer of wind energy, ranking first in wind capacity that is both installed and under construction. There are more than 18,000 megawatts of wind energy capacity installed in Texas with more than 5,000 under construction.

Andy Swift, a professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering and associate director of education at the National Wind Institute, will open with a workshop presentation. Carsten Westergaard, a professor of practice in the Department of Mechanical Engineering who specialized in wind energy technology and innovation, will then moderate a panel discussion that will feature Susan Sloan, vice president of state policy for the American Wind Energy Association, David Foster, director for Clean Water Action, and Bradley Ewing, the C.T. McLaughlin Chair of Free Enterprise in the Rawls College of Business.

CONTACT: Anna Thomas Young, associate managing director, National Wind Institute, Texas Tech University, (806) 834-3015 or anna.t.young@ttu.edu

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