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Wind Power at Providence
2010-11-22
Providence raises new meteorological tower on campus (l to r, President Dr. Gus Konkel, Executive Vice President and Provost David Johnson, Vice President of Operations Heath Holden, Director of Seminary Recruitment Daniel Horne)
Dr. Konkel and Heath Holden at the meteorological tower raising.
The Providence meteorological tower at the north end of the Otterburne campus.

Providence Makes Progress on Wind Power

Otterburne, MB, Nov. 17, 2010 – One rural college moves closer to becoming the most environmentally friendly school in Manitoba. On Wed., Nov. 17, Providence College and Seminary in Otterburne put up a meteorological tower as the next step in their plan to tap into wind energy.

“Our wind power project is finally getting underway,” says Dr. August Konkel, president at Providence. “The first step is to determine if, in fact, we have enough wind to create enough electricity to make wind power financially viable. To do that, we have to put up a meteorological tower.”

“The tower collects wind data. That data will tell us if we have enough wind to make generating electricity with wind feasible for our campus,” says Bruce Duggan, Associate Professor of Management, and one of the coordinators for the wind power project. "As well, because different wind turbines work best at different wind speeds, the data collected from the meteorological tower will enable us to know which type of wind turbine would be the most efficient here."”

The Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute from Portage la Prairie was involved in putting up the data tower, which was assembled on the land north of the soccer fields on the Providence campus. CORE Renewable Energy will be tracking the information and reporting it to Providence, so they can make an informed decision as to the next step.

“The next two steps are, first, Mike McKernan from Stantec Consulting is doing an environmental review to determine what environmental effects, if any, a wind turbine would have,” says Duggan. “That should be done in the next few months. Then, we will be meeting with our community discuss the pros and cons of wind energy generation here, and whether the potential positives outweigh the potential negatives.”

Previously, Providence constructed its newest building with environmentally friendly geothermal heating, and installed high-efficiency boilers for heat in the older Hannah Administration building, among other efforts.

 
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