The United States' energy-independent future will require a diverse energy production
portfolio, and wind power can play a major part. The U.S. Department of Energy’s vision
for 2030 involves 20 percent of our electricity needs being met by wind power. This
new power will fuel more than high-paying jobs. It will provide incremental power
production and provide needed tax revenue to rural communities and school districts.
When combined with other forms of energy, wind power expands our nation’s energy independence
and extends Texas’ global energy leadership.
Meeting the Challenge
Significant challenges lie ahead if the country is going to integrate that much wind
energy into the existing power grid. The innovation necessary will come from talented
students and engineers with a passion for powering the world. That is why Texas Tech’s University College is offering an undergraduate minor and certificate in wind energy. These programs
are designed to give students a background in this growing field so that they can
become valuable members of an important, growing community dedicated to building a