Coordinator, Student Advising
Energy Innovation Center Room 338
School of Energy Resources
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
Development of additional renewable energy resources is rapidly expanding in the U.S. and globally. Wyoming has a vast untapped, high-potential wind and solar capacity that will position it in the epicenter of renewable energy in the U.S.
Although challenged by cost, transmission capacity, and intermittency, new technologies, efficient management and a multi-disciplinary approach will undoubtedly solve many of the most pressing concerns. For example, technical achievements are now being implemented that improve the efficiency and cost of converting wind and sunlight into electricity and that facilitate the integration of intermittent energy resources with the grid. Skills and competencies learned in the Renewable Energy program trains students to meet these current demands as well as unanticipated challenges in the future.
Wyoming has the greatest concentration of Class 5 and Class 6 wind sites of any state in the nation and is currently 8th in the nation in wind generation. Development of wind energy capacity is escalating. The largest wind farm in the U.S., with 1,000 turbines capable of generating 3,000 megawatts of electricity, is planned in Wyoming. Currently under development are projects with capacity to produce almost 8,000 megawatts.
Wyoming also has excellent capacity for solar energy generation due to its climate and altitude. Although currently solar energy development is not at the pace of wind energy, it is predicted that it will flourish as new technologies emerge. However, UW has a very focused and internationally distinguished program in the area of photovoltaic research and in research design to develop efficient control systems and energy storage capabilities for both wind and solar.