Terry Meyer to Discuss the Failure of Wind Power in Whatcom County on Feb. 6 at Western
Contact: Jen VanderWeyden, Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment marketing coordinator, at (360) 650-2554.
BELLINGHAM – Renewable energy specialist Terry Meyer will describe the efforts to establish wind power in Whatcom County as part of the Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6 in Communications Facility 110 on the Western Washington University campus.
The presentation is free and open to the public.
Over the past decade, wind power has been the fastest growing source of renewable energy globally. In his talk, titled “The Story of the Spectacular Failure of Wind Power in Whatcom County,” Meyer will describe Cascade Community Wind’s multi-year effort to build a commercial wind turbine in Whatcom County. The county’s ultimate response: to limit wind power to the Cherry Point industrial area, thereby barring commercial wind turbines from areas where sufficient wind would make them feasible.
Meyer has extensive experience in wind-resource assessment and modeling, having performed more than 50 such assessments over the last few years. Meyer also helps clients assess their micro-hydro resources and designs and installs these systems in sizes from 500 watts to 5 megawatts in size. As a renewable-energy expert, Meyer has worked with tribes, industry, island communities, and public utilities.
The presentation will include a question-and-answer period. Anyone interested in the topic is encouraged to attend and participate. The Speaker Series, sponsored by Western’s Huxley College of the Environment, is intended to bring together environmentally-minded members of the WWU and Bellingham communities. Speakers address topics of contemporary environmental concern in the region and the world.
WWU’s Huxley College of the Environment is one of the oldest environmental colleges in the nation and a recognized leader in producing the next generation of environmental professionals and stewards. Huxley’s distinctive, interdisciplinary curriculum reflects a broad view of the physical, biological, social, and cultural world, and has earned international recognition for quality.
For more information, please contact Jen VanderWeyden at WWU’s Huxley College of the Environment at (360) 650-2554.