Third Edition of Nelson/Starcher Book Updates Status of Wind Energy Industry

Jan. 14, 2019

CONTACT:    Kenneth Starcher, 806-651-2296,

COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129,

Third Edition of Nelson/Starcher Book Updates Status of Wind Energy Industry


CANYON, Texas—Wind Energy: Renewable Energy and the Environment, Third Edition, co-authored by Dr. Vaughn C. Nelson and Kenneth Starcher from West Texas A&M University, has been released to update the current status of the wind energy industry in the United States and offer possible paths for further growth of this renewable resource.

Nelson, professor emeritus of physics at WTAMU, and Starcher, WTAMU instructor of engineering and computer science, have spent their careers in education and research studying energy through the University’s Alternative Energy Institute (AEI). The book, published by CRC Press, reflects their expertise and explores economic, social, environmental, policy and engineering issues related to wind energy. 

Wind Energy: Renewable Energy and the EnvironmentThird Edition, provides updated information wind energy from its inception, presenting details on design, application, control strategy and different ways that wind can be captured. The new edition covers the potential for offshore wind growth and the future challenges of repowering or decommissioning existing wind farms. The book is a detailed source of information on sustainable wind energy written by experts in the field.

Nelson retired from WTAMU in 2001 after 32 years as a physics professor, department head, dean of the Graduate school, dean of research and information technology and director of the Alternative Energy Institute. He has presented his work on wind energy around the world and is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the America Wind Energy Association. Nelson’s other books include Wind EnergyBioenergy and Introduction to Renewable Energy.

Starcher spent more than 35 years at AEI, starting as an undergraduate assistant and working his way to associate director of training education and outreach. After the facility closed in September 2015, Starcher joined WTAMU’s School of Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics to share his wealth of information about renewable energy with students. He has worked at test sites all over the state of Texas and helped with projects from Vermont to New Mexico. He is an expert in small wind energy systems and has made numerous presentations on wind energy and wind turbines.

The book is available at, and the University Bookstore. For more information, contact Starcher at 806-651-2296.