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Two 1.5- or 2-megawatt wind turbines may eventually be built at the university's Mann Valley Lab Farm west of River Falls off County Road MM. A study will measure average wind speeds in that area, which show promise. The key, according to a UW-River Falls official, will be "how constant or sustained" those winds prove to be. The wind-turbine project would blend with UW-RF's overall energy initiatives, as mandated by the state, which include renewable energy credits; renewable energy generation; and energ...

Study looks at wind as power source

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Is there enough strong, steady wind at the university's Mann Valley Lab Farm to justify building commercial turbines that could supply half the campus's energy needs?

That's what a study underway will show. A report is due by Dec. 1.

Mike Stifter, UW-RF director of facilities management, says the idea was spurred by the university's off-the-grid energy goals. That not only means being more self-sufficient but using sustainable energy sources.

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Phil Pfuehler
Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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