America’s energy-independent future will require a diverse energy production portfolio,
and wind power can play a major part. The Department of Energy’s vision for 2030 involves
twenty 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 we are 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’s why Texas Tech University’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 a valuable member of an important, growing community dedicated to building
a cleaner future.