Dr. Vaughn Nelson - a longtime researcher of wind energy and former director of the Alternative Energy Institute at West Texas A&M University - shared his thoughts on the topic during a presentation at the university.
Nelson talked about the potential of wind energy here in northwest Missouri. He said wind turbines can be a strong source of income for landowners, even more than farming or ranching.
The industry, he says, continues to see growth.
"Now, it's big business, you know. It's not something that's, like, well it's kinda out there maybe we can use it. So, across the world it's been growing at rapid pace and it's competitive with other sources of energy," he said.
Nelson says a recent study found that by 2030, 30 percent of electrical power in the U.S. will be generated by wind.