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Microgrid for downtown electricity in La Crosse could be funded by state grant

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A new idea for supplying electricity to La Crosse government offices and one local college is being developed.

The La Crosse County Board is being asked to accept a state award of $100,000 for energy innovation. The money would pay for a study of organizing a microgrid in downtown La Crosse.

The independent energy project is intended to provide electricity to La Crosse City Hall, county buildings and Western Technical College — all located close to each other on the north end of downtown.

The County Board is scheduled to discuss the grant and take a vote on it at the regular monthly board meeting Thursday.

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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  1. Walden

    June 19, 2024 at 11:26 am

    $100,000 for a study.

    .gov at work.

    WIZM please report back when you know what hands the $100,000 grift passes through on its way to a 10 page report (including illustrations) that any unfortunate victim of a public education could produce, being sure to include key words like Diversity, Inclusion, Sustainable, Resilience, Climate Change and Democracy as many times as possible and with the conclusion that more studies are necessary.

  2. Kristen

    June 23, 2024 at 3:29 pm

    Exciting news for La Crosse! A microgrid downtown funded by a state grant would enhance energy resilience and sustainability. Looking forward to seeing this innovative project take shape.

  3. LG

    June 26, 2024 at 8:53 pm

    If it requires a grant to be accomplished, it’s probably not worth doing. A free market is the most effective Way to innovate. It’s not effective to create grants by utilizing taxpayer money, transferring it to the government, and then having the government transfer it to a boondoggle. If it’s not taken from taxpayers first, it’s printed, which simply causes inflation. Inflation is another word for tax. this is another ridiculous, government inspired idea. And it will cost more than it saves, if there are any savings at all.

  4. Mike

    July 3, 2024 at 2:47 pm

    Exciting news for La Crosse! A state grant for a downtown microgrid promises enhanced energy reliability and sustainability, boosting local resilience and eco-friendliness.

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