Wind energy is booming in the United States. There’s now more than 73,000 megawatts of installed wind capacity, enough to power 20 million homes for a year! And it’s just the beginning.
In one scenario outlined in the Energy Department’s Wind Vision Report, wind could supply 35 percent of the nation’s electricity by 2050 and support more than 600,000 jobs. That’s why it’s more important than ever to prepare America’s future workforce with the real-world skills they need through efforts like the U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition, which challenges undergraduates to design and build a wind turbine. Teams also develop a business plan to market their project.
This year’s competition runs May 24 through May 25 in New Orleans, coinciding with the annual American Wind Energy Association WINDPOWER Conference and Exhibition.
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