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Clean and green, two new electric buses are ready for use on La Crosse’s streets



The electric buses have arrived in La Crosse. 

The MTU has unveiled two green-colored buses which will be on the streets as of Monday, using electric power instead of fossil fuel. 

Under the last two mayors, City Hall has spent about five years trying to bring the new buses to La Crosse.  Current Mayor Mitch Reynolds gets excited about plans to charge the buses through the city’s sewer plant.

“Because we’ll be using the methane that’s normally burned off from the digestion of solids at the wastewater treatment plant, and we’re creating a microgrid which will essentially power these buses,” Reynolds told an audience at the La Crosse Center ceremony. “I get so geeked out on this, and so excited.”

Among the guests attending the ceremony was former La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat, who made electric buses a priority during his terms at City Hall.

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency rode on one electric bus, along with Gov. Tony Evers and Rep. Ron Kind, during a visit to La Crosse back in April.

Mark Stoering, the president of Xcel Energy operations for Wisconsin and Michigan, lauded the electric bus project.

“With gas prices hovering around, I think I saw $4.54 when I drove into La Crosse last night,” Stoering said, “a growing number of drivers are electing to fill at the plug instead of the pump, and we’re willing and able and ready to support that.”

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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