Duke Energy Partners with Laramie County Community College
Nationwide, educational institutions are leading the way on discovering new energy technologies. One of the most abundant sources of energy is wind. Laramie County Community College’s (LCCC) wind energy program is encouraging its students to pursue careers in this emerging field. The program is succeeding with the help of corporate gifts – one of them from the Duke Energy Foundation.
Duke Energy made an initial $5,000 donation to LCCC as the school launched its wind technician program in 2008, the same year Duke’s first Wyoming wind power project went into commercial operation. Then in March of 2010, the Duke Energy Foundation gave $10,000 to LCCC’s wind energy program to be used as scholarship money that will be matched by the state of Wyoming. With this money, LCCC will be able to help interested students who otherwise might not be able to afford classes learn more about wind energy technology.
Duke Energy has provided LCCC with considerable in-kind support and contributions, including allowing students to undergo training and climb testing at their wind farms in Laramie County. Duke Energy has also donated meteorological equipment, wind turbine components, and an out-of-service 144 ft. long wind turbine blade weighing 18,000 lb.
Duke Energy now owns and operates three Wyoming wind power projects – two in Laramie County and one in Converse County, near Casper. A fourth Wyoming wind power project, the 200-megawatt Top of the World Windpower Project, is under construction and will go into operation later in 2010.
Duke Energy recognizes the importance of encouraging students to get involved in emerging technological careers. As we enter the second decade of the 21st century, careers in emerging technologies are abundant and provide opportunities for students to explore options they otherwise may not have considered.