Akutan’s Geothermal Exploration Paying Off
August 12, 2010
The press release below in Alaska Business Monthly is very exciting news for Akutan. In addition to Akutan, geothermal exploration is ongoing at Mt. Spurr, just 50 miles west of Anchorage, and test drilling is underway in King Salmon by Naknek Electric Association. Geothermal power is also already being tapped at Chena Hot Springs Resort where its used to heat and power the resort’s facilities, including a year-round greenhouse and ice museum.
From Alaska Business Monthly: The City of Akutan is in hot water, but that’s a good thing. The first of two geothermal energy exploration wells has produced water in excess of 360 degrees Fahrenheit. According to the project’s geotechnical team, the early results point to a geothermal resource that could put Akutan on the fast track for developing Alaska’s first large-scale geothermal power system.
“The community has decided that renewable energy is our future,” said Akutan Mayor Joe Bereskin. “The results from our first test well make me optimistic that the future will be here sooner, rather than later,” he added. Read more