Montana State University-Great Falls College of Technology announced Jan. 20 that it has received a $2 million federal grant to implement its wind turbine program and develop wind energy programs at other campuses around the state, reports the Great Falls Tribune. "We’ve been researching wind energy technology and industrial technology for more than a year now," said Joe Schaffer, interim dean of MSU-Great Falls. "We’ve also been kicking around the idea of a regional program." Though MSU-Great Falls was awarded the $1.97 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, the university will share it with MSU-Northern in Havre, MSU-Billings College of Technology, and Montana Tech in Butte. Wind turbines will be erected at each of the campuses, and curriculum will be developed for a wind energy technical program at each campus. The three-year grant will allow campuses to develop programs and collectively share resources. MSU-Great Falls, which applied for the grant, is in the process of building its own 120-foot wind turbine and has received approval from the Great Falls planning board and the Montana Board of Regents. A feasibility study indicated it would cost about $200,000 to build a turbine on the campus…

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