Project Teaches Teachers About Wind Energy

The KidWind Project breezes into our area to give local educators a better grip on wind and some how-to’s for teaching their students and others about its energy potential.
DMI Industries, a leading wind tower manufacturer in North America, along with the Oklahoma Wind Power Initiative, sponsored this one-day wind energy education workshop at the Tulsa Community College.
The workshop provides educators background information about wind and
other renewable energy development, generation processes and technologies, as well as hands-on experience building classroom wind turbines, designing turbine blades and other wind-energy related activities.
Angie Albers was the featured lecturer from OWPI, and the workshop concluded with a DMI tour at the Catoosa-based facility.
“Wind is more than just a business to us. We are genuinely dedicated to promoting the environmental benefits of renewable energies and fostering the next generations of wind proponents,” said Gary Williams, general manager of Catoosa DMI operations.
Williams added that DMI is also active in promoting the many career opportunities renewable energy industries offer young people as they look ahead to the future. A major study by the U.S. Department of Energy found that by 2030 wind could provide 20 percent of the nation’s electricity, supporting 500,000 jobs and hundreds of billions of dollars in new domestic economic investment.
The American Wind Energy Association reported that in 2008 wind power accounted for
about 42 percent of total new electricity generation built in the United States. And, as wind energy continues to grow, the United States and Canada will see a real need for industry professionals.

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