Wednesday, when President Barack Obama visited Kotzebue on his three-day visit to Alaska to highlight global climate change, he praised another community for its efforts to switch almost exclusively to renewable energy:
“Kodiak Island, for example, recently achieved 99.7 percent of its electricity from renewable sources. Its wind power alone displaces more than two million gallons of diesel fuel a year. So people are saving money and helping the environment,” Mr. Obama said. “And today Kodiak Island announced a $3-million public-private partnership that will make the island the first in the world to adopt new technology that lets it stabilize and store the energy it generates from the wind.”
President Obama was referring to the flywheel energy storage project between KEA, the City of Kodiak and Matson at Pier 3. He made those comments during an address in Kotzebue Wednesday.