20 Percent by 2030: Lecture Focuses on US Wind Energy Goal

As wind power becomes a major contributor to America’s energy supply, lecturer Edgar DeMeo will discuss the costs and benefits of obtaining the nation's electricity from wind.

With a combined effort by professionals, 20 percent of the nation's electricity could be achieved through wind by 2030.

With a combined effort by professionals, 20 percent of the nation's electricity could be achieved through wind by 2030.

The McDonald-Mehta Lecture Series will present “20% Wind Energy by 2030: National Benefits and Challenges,” from 3:30-4:30 p.m. April 14 in room 217 of the Electrical Engineering Building.

Edgar DeMeo, president of Renewable Energy Consulting Services Inc., will discuss the expected costs and benefits of obtaining 20 percent of the nation’s electricity from wind by 2030, as well as steps that need to be taken if the nation chooses to follow this path. Through dedicated efforts of technical, business, political and communication professionals at all levels over the next two decades, 20 percent and even greater levels of wind contribution can very likely be achieved.

DeMeo has been an independent consultant in renewable energy since early 1999, providing technical and management support to several federal and state programs aimed at advancing renewable power. Focusing primarily on wind for the past several years, he is a strategic advisor to the DOE-NREL Wind Energy Program, the Utility Wind Integration Group and the National Wind Coordinating Collaborative.

An electrical engineering graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, DeMeo earned master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering science from Brown University where he served as an associate professor (research) on the engineering faculty.

The McDonald-Mehta Lecture Series, hosted by the Wind Science and Engineering Research Center, invites lecturers to speak on wind-related topics on an annual basis with six lectures per year.


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