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Port of Milwaukee saves on utility bills from wind turbine 

The savings exclude the capital costs of the project, which was built without city funds. The $587,000 project received the bulk of its funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and $100,000 each from We Energies and the statewide Focus on Energy program.

Credit:  By Thomas Content of the Journal Sentinel | Jan. 10, 2013 | www.jsonline.com ~~

The wind turbine at the Port of Milwaukee is generating savings for the city on its electricity costs, the port said Thursday.

The Northern Power 100 wind turbine was installed next to the port administration building in early 2012 and was financed primarily by a federal block grant from the stimulus package.

In its first nine months of operation, the port says the project generated more power than was used by the port administration building and resulted in more than $5,000 in revenue for the port.

That compares with electricity costs of nearly $9,500 during the same period in 2011.

“This has proven to be a sensible, sustainable investment in green energy, and city residents are saving money,” Paul Vornholt, the port’s operations director, said in a statement.

The savings exclude the capital costs of the project, which was built without city funds.

The $587,000 project received the bulk of its funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and $100,000 each from We Energies and the statewide Focus on Energy program.

The 100-kilowatt turbine from Northern Power Systems featured parts made by Wisconsin vendors and was installed by Kettle View Renewable Energy of Random Lake.

Source:  By Thomas Content of the Journal Sentinel | Jan. 10, 2013 | www.jsonline.com

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