Hiawatha light rail runs on wind for Earth Day - KMSP-TV

Hiawatha light rail runs on wind for Earth Day

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Metro Transit purchased 71,000 kilowatt-hours of wind-generated electricity to allow the Hiawatha light rail trains to be powered by solely wind energy in honor of Earth Day.

Using Xcel Energy's Windsource program, Metro Transit is providing nearly 31,000 light rail riders with emissions-free transportation, Metro Transit General Manager Brian Lamb said.

Monday's use of wind power is part of Metro Transit's Go Greener initiative to consumer energy, which also includes replacing 15 percent of buses with hybrid-electric models.

Since its inception eight years ago, annual light rail ridership was the highest ever in 2012 with 10.5 million riders.

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