World Energy Project
The Center for Energy Commerce recognizes that a university education should include more than job skills training. An important component — particularly in the age of globalization — is the realization that while energy poverty exists there can be no economic prosperity. The goal of the World Energy Project (WEP) is to teach students that the oil and gas industry is exciting and potentially lucrative, it is also vitally important to the health and well-being of the world's population. Their career efforts are significant beyond what they see and do on a daily basis.
The WEP provides basic solar power systems to off-grid communities in developing countries where access to electricity is unavailable through traditional sources. Students travel to the communities to learn about system design, microfinance, and install the systems. The WEP began in 2008 and has partnered with the Light up the World Foundation of Calgary, Canada, and is now permanently based in Lima, Peru.
Terry McInturff, J.D.