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USU wind documentary doesn't blow over

staff writer

Published: Monday, November 4, 2013

Updated: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 00:11

Marketing professors at USU’s Huntsman School of Business premiered their documentary “Scaling Wind” on Nov. 2 at the Intermountain Bioneers sustainability conference.


The documentary is the sequel to “Wind Rising,” as a two-part project to develop wind education outreach in Utah. The funding was provided through a grant from the Department of Energy, awarded to professors Ed Stafford and Cathy Hartman in 2005.


In 2006, President George W. Bush announced the “20 percent wind by 2030” initiative for the US, a speech featured in the film with his line, “We’re addicted to oil.”


Stafford said Utah has been slower than many states to embrace the renewable wind energy shift.


Utah is a coal-based state, according to Stafford. The power is exported to California, but they have started cutting off coal contracts with Utah due to their 33 percent renewable energy portfolio by 2020.


The professors intended to inform the people of Utah about wind as a renewable resource, finding documentary as the best method for disseminating the information.


“We are pioneers in use of documentary for taking academic work and having it brought to the people,” Stafford said.


The team published many academic articles throughout their research and endorsed several economics students who participated in it. Two USU graduates, Sandra Reategui Halvatzis and Jeffrey Parker, have been heavily involved, according to Hartman.

Havatzis was featured in the film. She received an economist job at National Renewable Energy Laboratory due to her research on the impact of wind development on rural Utah economies, Stafford said.


Parker was the first student from the Huntsman School to present to the Clinton Global Initiative in 2012 in Washington, D.C. on his economics research. Stafford said they were proud of both of the students and their accomplishments.


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