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Rochester City Council hears environmentally friendly ideas

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) — Rochester City Council members looked into two plans to help the environment Wednesday night.

First, a public comment session on the city moving to 100 percent renewable energy.

There are two options for this plan. One is using a mix of wind and solar power with a gas turbine that would be used for emergency back up. This option would cause an estimated two percent increase for Rochester Public Utilities Customers.

The second option completely ditches fossil fuels and relies on wind and solar energy with those sources storing excess power in lithium batteries. This plan would lead to an estimated 18 percent increase for RPU customers.

The public comment session ran for a few hours. The meeting ended without a decision for either proposal.

The second green plan on the agenda Wednesday night was the proposed elimination of polystyrene food containers containers at city facilities. That idea came from council member Annalissa Johnson.

The council discussed initiating a policy to restrict the purchase and use of styrofoam by the city and vendors.

Members voted 5-1 in favor of looking further into this initiative.

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