Water and Light Meeting About Wind Energy

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COLUMBIA- The Columbia Water and Light Advisory Board will meet at 8 a.m. Wednesday to discuss the possibility of a contract that would allow the department to purchase a wind turbine farm near Columbia.

Communications Specialist Connie Kacprowicz said the turbine farm would allow Columbia to get wind energy from Missouri instead of buying wind energy from Crystal Lake, Iowa.

"The contract is coming in at half the cost as some of our previous wind energy contracts and will also help fulfill about 4% of our renewable energy requirement," Kacprowicz said.

Columbia is required to obtain at least 5 percent of its energy from renewable sources. Currently, 6.29 percent of the city's energy comes from renewable sources. Wind energy makes up 3.22 percent of that total.

If approved, the Water and Light Advisory Board will present the contract to the Columbia City Council at its next meeting.