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FARGO, N.D. -- City officials are considering using wind
energy to power the city's wastewater treatment plant.
The City Commission is discussing applying for federal bonds to
finance a wind turbine. The 2005 federal energy bill has $800 million
available for state, local and tribal governments and small electric
co-ops to issue bonds for certain renewable energy projects,
including wind turbines.
The commission is deciding whether to pursue some of the money.
The wind turbine would be built on city-owned land at the lagoons
along U.S. 81 north of Fargo, City Commissioner Mike Williams said.
It would generate about 4.3 megawatt-hours of electricity annually
for the wastewater plant, which uses about 5 megawatt-hours per year,
Electricity costs for the wastewater plant jumped nearly 30
percent from 2004 to 2005, city officials said. Williams' analysis
found that a wind turbine would save the plant about $203,000
annually in energy costs.
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