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U.S. Rep. Blunt Rochester tours UD wind turbine in Lewes

U.S. Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester toured the University of Delaware wind turbine on the Hugh R. Sharp campus in Lewes on Wednesday, October 18. UD wind energy experts Jeremy Firestone and Willett Kempton briefed the congresswoman on the state of wind energy in Delaware before Jairo Arias of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy led a tour of the 2-megawatt turbine, which is a collaborative effort between UD and Siemens Gamesa.

The only utility-scale wind turbine in Delaware, the 2-megawatt turbine has powered UD’s Lewes campus and approximately 140 nearby homes annually since 2010, while also fueling a variety of wind energy research and serving as an educational resource for students.

Congresswoman Blunt Rochester expressed her thanks for the opportunity to hear about UD’s clean energy activities that make use of “the great resources that are available to us in a way that is forward thinking and caring.”

Firestone, who directs the Center for Carbon Free Power Integration (CCPI), gave a brief history of UD’s wind power program, which was established in 2003. The program includes interdisciplinary research by 16 affiliated faculty across four UD colleges with an emphasis on coastal and offshore wind.