A new documentary from Greentech Films, “Scaling Wind,” looks at people championing the proposal of the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2008 report, “20 Percent Wind Energy by 2030,” the film profiles people working to overcome the challenges facing achievement of the 20% vision, including the need to modernize and expand the power grid and smarten the nation’s energy policy for a stable market.
Because wind is free and renewable, wind energy is price-stable and predictable. Utilities can lock-in wind power prices for 20 plus years, and wind energy can be a hedge against volatile fossil fuel prices, such as coal and natural gas. Wind energy can displace the burning of fossil fuels, improving air and water quality. The film features an ex-president, two governors, mayors, and local town officials- both Republicans and Democrats- working on policies to open markets for wind energy. We'll discuss the NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratories) scientists who researched and wrote the report on 20% wind, farmers and ranchers hosting wind turbines and power lines on their lands and how Utah compares to states such as Iowa and Montana, which have developed their own wind energy industries. We are joined by Edwin Stafford, Professor of Marketing in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University, who produced the documentary.