SEED (Sweetwater Enterprise for Economic Development) recently hosted students from Texas A&M University on a "Landscape of Energy" tour. This was the third year for SEED to host the event, according to Kirstin Smith, the Marketing/Admin. Director for SEED.
All of the students--although from different backgrounds--are enrolled in a "Geography of Energy" course at the A&M campus. The information gathered from the tour will be used for a major writing assignment for the class, which is taught by professor Christian Brannstrom.
The two-day event kicked off on Friday morning, October 11 as the group was welcomed by Smith and Ken Becker, Executive Director of SEED, at their office. The tour then extended to the local TSTC (Texas State Technical College) campus, when an energy education programs tour was given by Keith Plantier, Director of Wind Energy and Glen Bedgood, Director of Industrial Training.
Smith then offered a lunchtime presentation on the "Economy of Energy", followed by a panel discussion by land and business owner Russ Petty and Logan West with Cape and Son. The company then held a rail and logistics tour of the Cape and Son facility and future site of the BNSF Sweetwater Logistics Center, which wrapped up the first day of the tour.
The next and final day consisted of a morning-long tour of a wind farm hosted by Infigen Energy, which was led by Mark Morgan, Infigen Energy - Site Lead, and Ken Becker.