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Barre invests in water-powered electricity

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Water-powered electricity might sound strange, but in Barre its cheap, clean energy.

City and state officials reveal a new water-powered turbine. The turbine creates less water pressure on Barre's waterlines, which will save money on the city's electric bill.

The city of Barre paid for half of the $600,000 project. The rest came from federal grants and loans. Officials say it will save the city nearly $20,000 a year.

"The amount of electricity that is generated is dependent on the amount of water usage downstream in the city. The more usage there is, the more electricity is generated and there's no additional impact on the environment," said Al Spinell from Rentricity.

Officials say Barre benefits from this hydro-electric turbine because water flows downhill from the water treatment facility. Officials will look into other areas of Vermont where the turbine can be beneficial.

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