Those windmills spinning away in California's hills and mountain passes provide clean and renewable energy to our power grids. Today, the possibilities are even greater. As we face energy shortages and the effects of climate change, the wind – an inexpensive, inexhaustible, and nonpolluting source – is becoming an important part of our energy future. Dr. Lundquist will explain how wind turbines convert the forces of the atmosphere into electricity for our homes, businesses, and even cars. We will explore how much power could be collected from the wind, how that amount compares to our demands, and how weather forecasts help wind turbines provide even more clean, renewable, and reliable energy.

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Speaker Bios

Dr.Julie Lundquist

Julie received her B.A. in Physics and English from Trinity University, followed by M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Astrophysical, Planetary, and Atmospheric Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder. In the Atmospheric, Earth, and Energy Division at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, she leads initiatives and research into wind energy forecasting for the Department of Energy and industrial partners.

Bret States

Biology Teacher
Tracy High School

Bret States has been teaching middle school and high school science for 10 years. He has been a staff developer for K-12 Alliance as well as the science coordinator for a science and technology magnet school. He has a BS in Secondary Education from the University of Nebraska. Bret enjoys hunting, fishing, running, and is currently an assistant track coach at Tracy High School.