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|Galesburg Planning Wind Turbine for Oquawka Water Plant
|The City of Galesburg is asking for more federal money to help pay for efforts to build a new water treatment plant at the city's supply in Oquawka, but the latest request would actually help make the plant green.
Congressman Phil Hare's Fiscal Year 2010 earmark list indicates a $2 million request that would allow for the building of a wind turbine at the Oquawka plant.
Galesburg City Manager Dane Bragg tells WGIL the city could cut down on the cost of power needed for the water plant by a large amount. "We've been able to determine that we could generate about two-thirds of our water treatment and pumping electrical needs at Oquawka with a wind turbine," Bragg said. "From that point, we started working with the consultants doing the analysis to determine which type of wind turbine would be most effective."
Bragg says a cost savings analysis is being done, too, but documents filed by Hare's office indicate as much as two-hundred-thousand dollars could be saved through the reduced use of energy provided on the grid from coal-fired power plants. He says an environmental study will also be done.
Bragg says if all the pieces came together, it would still be a couple years before a turbine is up and running.
Work is being done to build the new nearly $20 million plant at Oquawka -- the current and incoming members of the Galesburg City Council will get to tour the progress next Friday afternoon.
In the meantime, you can find Hare's full request for FY 2010 budget funding for the 17th District by CLICKING HERE (PDF document).
|04 09 09 by Newsroom
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