John Scott Greene, Ph.D.
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The Renewable EDGE
The University of Oklahoma
Renewable EDGE efforts are directly linked to the needs of the wind industry, as determined by the needs assessment. Renewable EDGE also facilitates improved research and development by positioning Oklahoma at the forefront of wind energy research and technology, ensuring that Oklahoma will not become an energy colony, but will remain an energy leader.
Considering Oklahoma's wind resource capacity, the wind energy industry represents another exciting chapter in the diversification of our state's energy production portfolio. Oklahoma, already ranked among America's top 10 wind energy producers, has nearly 700 MW of wind generation. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Energy, Oklahoma will have 38,000 MW operational by 2030, supplying 9% of the nation's electricity needs and ranked as the second-largest generator of wind power in the United States. Oklahoma is the ideal location for wind generation, tower and blade production, turbine component manufacturing, repair and maintenance operations, and industry research and development. A fully-developed and integrated wind energy industry includes power production (wind farm construction and operation), manufacturing, and research and development as well as value-added technology development and commercialization.
The Oklahoma Wind Power Initiative (OWPI), a 10-year-old, award-winning research collaboration between the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University, will lead a multidisciplinary team of academic, government, and private partners to research and develop value-added technologies, commercialize those technologies by launching new enterprises and helping existing Oklahoma businesses expand, and to train the workforce needed by Oklahoma's emerging wind energy industry cluster. Through the implementation of the Renewable EDGE initiative, Oklahoma can strengthen opportunities for long-term job creation and greatly enhance the expected economic benefits from wind power in Oklahoma.