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Earmarks: Utah senators say alternative energy requests more than doubled

Melted snow on the Wasatch provides much of the drinking water for the city of Pleasant Grove. But Mayor Michael Daniels believes it can do even more for this Utah County community.

It can keep the lights on.

With some congressional cash, Daniels said he could attach turbines to city-owned water pipes creating a mini-power plant that would produce more than double the electricity used to run the municipal government.

His micro-hydroelectric idea is one of nearly two-dozen alternative energy proposals submitted to Utah Sens. Orrin Hatch and Bob Bennett this year, according to earmark disclosures posted on their Web sites in the past few weeks. Original Article

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