Windmills Saving Kodiak Money


Maggie Wall/KMXT

kodiak_windmills.jpg Though only in operation about one year, Kodiak’s wind turbines are already making a difference in local electric bills.

The three high-tech windmills atop Pillar Mountain are visible from many spots around town and on the roads out of town. They were installed last July.

Kodiak Electric Association’s Jennifer Richcreek says the wind turbines have given consumers a break on their monthly bills in the form of lower "Cost of Power Adjustment" or COPA.

(KEA WindTurbines 1 :34 sec …of diesel fuel use."

In nearly a year’s time KEA has saved more than 800,000 gallons in fuel thanks to the wind turbines:

(KEA Wind Turbines 2 :09 sec ….Which is awesome."

Besides saving money by saving fuel, another goal of the Pillar Mountain Wind Project is to decrease the community’s use of fossil fuels. Richcreek says that between the Terror Lake and the Pillar Mountain project, Kodiak’s power production largely comes from renewable, natural sources:

(KEA Wind Turbines 3 :22 sec ….renewable energy sources."

Richcreek says the electric coop is well on it’s way toward meeting the next goal.

(KEA Wind Turbines 4 :25 sec …in its performance."

KEA’s Jennifer Richcreek.

A special area of KEA’s website has been set aside to track the success of the Pillar Mountain project. Go to

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