Wind Turbine Site Selection and Financial Analysis at Texas State University

Authors: Milad Mohammadalizadehkorde*, Texas State University - San Marcos
Topics: Sustainability Science, Energy, Environmental Science
Keywords: Wind Turbine, Financial Analysis,Sustainability in Higher education, Net Present Value, CO2 reduction, Energy Efficiency, CO2 Calculation
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM
Room: Napoleon, Marriott, River Tower Elevators, 41st Floor
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There is a significant literature confirming the positive correlation of energy production and CO2 emission. In addition to descriptive and explanatory accounts of anthropogenic changes occurring in the environment, researchers are trying to assess whether humans, and, perhaps more importantly, human settlements, are “sustainable” or not. Because of the likely happening shift away from fossil fuels toward renewable energy sources, it is necessary to plan for the installation of new infrastructure to meet the demand for clean energy. This paper will investigate energy efficiency through the study of potential energy saving and self-production of electricity by installation of wind turbine at Texas State University. What makes Texas State University such an interesting case to study is the fact that recent state legislation (Senate Bill 898, passed in 2011) mandates that all political subdivisions, state institutions of higher education, and other state agencies reduce their electricity consumption by five percent per year for ten years. This study will be conducted in two phases: (1) A Multi Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) in a GIS environment to choose the best location to install small wind turbines, (2) The potential financial output of installed wind turbines. Assessing energy efficiency at Texas State University can plausibly reveal information about the extent to which this sort of coupled (i.e., nonbinding declaration plus legislative directive) set of sustainability commitments might be a relatively effective mix for practicing more “sustainable” energy consumption at a large institution of higher education in the United States.

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