Posted: Mar 22, 2013 3:27 PM by Adam Bell
BOZEMAN - U.S. Congressman Steve Daines was in town today, taking a tour of his alma mater.
While visiting Montana State University, Daines had a chance to take a look at the Romney Gym, which is due for an upgrade pending the passing of House Bill 14 currently in the Montana Legislature. Daines got a hands-on opportunity to see where the requested $20 million would go towards improving one of the university's oldest buildings.
While on campus, Daines also had a chance to see some advancements the university has made since he has graduated, particularly in the field of wind energy, something Washington D.C. is keeping an eye on.
"I think that the important message here is that wind energy is an important playing in the regional and national scene. Right now we're at six percent of U.S. electricity supplied by wind and that number is going up. So, wind is not going away. It's a big player," mechanical and industrial engineering professor Robb Larson said.
"I'm just really proud, as a bobcat and as a bobcat parent, to see what Montana State University...they are its cutting edge research and applications in the engineering department here for renewable energy helping us solve some of the problems we face as a country and the world. I'm just proud to see that happening here at Montana State University," Daines said.
Daines also said he learned that Montana is a state with some of the highest wind energy potential.