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Wisconsin Hospital's Path Toward Energy Independence

Carrie Vaughan, for HealthLeaders Media, August 11, 2009

Hydro power. "We have locks and dams up and down the [Mississippi] river, but they have an excess lock at each dam site that has never been used for anything," says Thompson. There is a technology that can be placed in the gate of that unused lock, which appears will yield the "best payback of all of the renewables in a rather short time," he says.

Now, Gundersen is being approached by landfill sites and a printing company for other "green" opportunities.

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