Utah’s Wind Energy
Have you noticed the wind farms going up in Utah? There are two windmills at Camp Williams, nine in Spanish Fork Canyon, and 97 in phase one of the Milford Corridor Project. The Milford Wind Farm is rated at 204 megawatts and has the capacity to generate clean, renewable energy to power 45,000 homes per year. The nine windmills in Spanish Fork Canyon can produce 74 percent of the electrical needs in Spanish Fork. Wind will definitely be a part of the energy future in Utah.
There is “power in the wind,” says Andy Swapp, Technology and Engineering Teacher at Milford High School. Watch how Andy Swapp and his students brought wind power to Milford, Utah.
Facts about Wind Energy:
- In 2010, 1.1 percent of Utah’s power was provided by wind.
- In Utah, wind farms power 50,000 homes.
- Through 2009, the wind power installed in Utah avoided 400,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually.
- In 2009, wind energy made up 1.8 percent of U.S. power generation.
- Wind power accounts for about 50 percent of renewable energy.
- Renewable energy is wind, solar, hydroelectric, geothermal power, energy from biomass, and wood or wood-derived products.
- Currently, wind energy capacity in the U.S. is over 35,000 megawatts, compared to 3,000 megawatts in the year 2000.
- 35,000 megawatts is enough electricity to power approximately 9.7 million homes.
Wind energy is creating new career opportunities in construction, manufacturing, maintenance, engineering, and business development. According to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) an estimated 85,000 Americans are employed in the wind power industry and its related fields.
Is a wind energy career in your future? Learn about the following occupations in wind energy:
> Energy Auditor > Wind Energy Engineer
> Energy Engineer > Wind Energy Operations Manager
> Electrician > Wind Energy Project Manager
> Mechanical Engineer > Wind Turbine Service Technician