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Companies, colleges pursue alternative energy sources to address community needs

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There are stern warnings this week to move away from fossil fuels to limit the effects of climate change.

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There are stern warnings this week to move away from fossil fuels to limit the effects of climate change.
http://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12503/7425090?cpt=8&wpid=2637 Thu, 11 Oct 2018 22:02:47 +0000 Companies, colleges pursue alternative energy sources to address community needs There are stern warnings this week to move away from fossil fuels to limit the effects of climate change. http://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12503/7425090?cpt=8&wpid=2637 WKBT are stern warnings this week to move away from fossil fuels to limit the effects of climate change. a united nations report found that annual carbon dioxide pollution levels would have to start droping now to stop some of the affects of climate change. news 8's mal meyer is here to explain how groups in the coulee region are trying to address this issue. alternative energy sources can be everything from solar or wind, to using geothermo energy to heat a building. area companies and colleges are moving away from fossil fuels as energy sources... and embracing the alternatives as a way to meet the needs of people they serve. xcel energy is proposing a new program that gives wisconsinites the choice to have energy solely produced by wind turbines or solar panels. customers would pick how much they want to purchase each month through the renewable connect program. "we will either source or build wind or solar fairly local for the amount that we've been requested to buy." the company already has an solar array... or arragnement.... in eau claire and is building another for its solar connect communtiy program in cashton, whcih will be completed later this year. "the unique thing about it is it really doesn't impact all the other customers that don't decide to get involved in the program. so it doesn't raise their rates." that's usually one of the pushbacks by consumers- that it can take a lot to invest in solar panels or wind turbines on your own property. "unlike if you're going to put panels on your roof or whatever there's no set up time, no installation fee." while xcel energy continues to pursue alternative energies, so does western technical college. nat sot the college pursued a multi-million dollar referendum to make green improvements to its campus years ago. "we produce well over 1.1 gigawatt of energy so that's through our dam, through our solar panel, through our renewables." since 2010, he says the college has reduced emmissions by more than 20 percent. but it's not done yet. "the goal of our new plan is to be carbon neutral by 2035." the college continues to explore ways to be more efficient like tying classroom schedules to energy consumtion so if there's no students in the classroom, its cuts down on power. "we do know to be carbon neutral by 2035, it will be consisting of a very robust portfolio of renewable energies." western technical college says not only was this a committment to addressing climate change, but also gives its students experience in this alternative energy field before pursing their careers. for the xcel energy program... ?when could customers join in to the wind and solar program? the company has submitted its propsoal with the public service commission of wisconsin. if approved, the renerwable connect program could launch early next




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