DAWSON CREEK ? The City of Dawson Creek is now measuring the potential of wind power to reduce the cost of the City?s water treatment operations.

Acting on Phase One of the City?s Energy Plan, two wind anemometers and a wind direction vane are now attached to an existing tower at the City?s water treatment plant. This wind monitoring station will gather data to evaluate the potential of using on-site renewable wind energy to generate electricity for the water and sewer operations.

?It?s another indication of our support for renewable energy technology to be implemented as a piece of our energy puzzle,? says Mayor Kruk. ?We?re delighted to take another practical step forward in our comprehensive ?Planning for People? initiative.?

Dawson Creek?s water and sewer operations are heavily dependent on electricity to pump water from the Kiskatinaw River through the system.

?With electrical cost that exceed $500,000 per year, we need to explore ways of saving money in our day-to-day operations,? says Kevin Henderson, Director of Operations. ?This first station will lead to other sites being assessed for the potential for using wind power.?

Peace Energy Cooperative (PEC), contracted to install the monitoring station, will gather the data at the water treatment plant and will install another set of monitors at the Hansen Reservoir pumping station later this month. PEC will also evaluate the information gathered and assess the potential for reducing costs for the City.

?We are excited to be involved in on-site renewable energy,? says Valerie Gilson, Executive Director of PEC. ?This project helps fill our mandate of promoting innovative solutions to our energy needs.?