Toasting country's first wind-powered pub

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That Australians enjoy blowing off steam over a beer goes without saying, but now drinkers at the Kings Creel Hotel in Hastings, Victoria, won't have to get hot under the collar to do so. A revamp is set to make it Australia's first wind powered pub. Toasting the decision, Victoria's energy minister, Theo Theophanous, says the pub's owner plans to install a commercially-zoned micro turbine. "It will reduce greenhouse gases by 1000 tonnes per year or the equivalent of 25 fewer cars on the road," he says. "This technology is the way of the future and wind power, including a single turbine like this one, is a cost efficient and high capacity renewable energy source." He points out that it will help Victoria meet the government's commitment to ensure 10% of the state's electricity consumption comes from renewable sources by 2010." Local firm, Gridlink Wind Systems, will supply the turbine.

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