Kodiak Electric Grid Setting Int’l Example



Each of the three 1.5 megawatt turbines atop Pillar Mountain are part of the utility’s goal of having 95 percent of Kodiak’s power come from renewable resources. Kodiak Electric Association photo

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Kodiak’s wind energy is catching the attention of other communities who are interested in renewable energy. In Kodiak Electric Association’s Feb newsletter, president and CEO Darren Scott said other utilities, legislators and a number of other groups have contacted KEA or visited Kodiak to see the wind turbines.

Specifically they are interested in how to integrate turbines into a standard electrical system. Kodiak’s system has successfully merged turbines, Terror Lake Hydro and diesel generation.

In 2010 Scott gave a presentation on Kodiak’s enviable power sources in Colorado for the National Renewable Energy Lab also known as N-REL (en-rell). That lead to other invitations from island regions which have to import all their fuel for energy production.

-((Island Training :26 "That was a lot….their experiences."))

KEA’s Darren Scott.

Kodiak’s wind generators have been placed in lock-down for the past several days because of the high winds.

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