Alaska Co-ops Seek New Energy with Wind Power 

From Diesel has been the life’s blood of Alaska’s electric co-ops for decades. But as consumer-members face higher costs and press environmental concerns, many co-ops are seeking alternatives.

“Fuel costs are killing rural Alaska,” said Meera Kohler, president and CEO of Alaska Village Electric Cooperative. The Anchorage-based co-op serves 53 communities, only one of which is accessible by road. Crews, equipment and fuel have to be hauled to the others by air, boat or barge.

AVEC currently buys about five million gallons of diesel fuel annually for its primary source of power: 150 diesel generators collectively operating about 400,000 hours annually. Read more

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