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Department of Anthropology
Mulloy Lecture
University of Wyoming, April 30, 2015
3:10 pm
Berry Center Auditorium



Dr. Willett Kempton

University of Delaware


Wind Power: Technology, Policy, and Social-technical Movements


Anthropologists view technology and culture as integrated systems. Dr.

Kempton here examines energy systems—especially wind power—from

resource, engineering, policy, and sociocultural perspectives. Given

current conditions and the costs of new energy sources, wind stands out

as a major, cost-effective resource—especially given its rapidly evolving

technology and steeply declining cost curve. In the US, two areas with

great immediate potential for wind energy are the Great Plains and the

shallow offshore areas of the East Coast. Dr. Kempton analyzes the

technology and policy of wind resources, and describes a social

movement in Delaware to launch large=scale offshore wind power. 

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