GE’s Wind Turbines Cutting Diesel Generation, Energy Costs for Alaska’s Kodiak Island 

REAP note: REAP member Kodiak Electric Association has been getting quite a lot of press about the three GE wind turbines they installed on Pillar Mountain last July and deservedly so. The wind project is a true success story for Alaska where we pay some of the highest energy prices in the country and where our dependence on fossil fuels like diesel leaves us vulnerable because of our lack of control over the price of those fuels.  The total cost of the Kodiak project was $21.4 million. In the first year, the utility saved more than $2.3 million in avoided fuel costs. That translates to a payback of just under 10 years, and potentially a lot quicker as the cost of diesel inevitably rises. In addition, the utility is much less reliant on diesel so officials don’t have to worry as much about future price spikes in the cost of diesel.

SCHENECTADY, N.Y., Sep 23, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Wind turbines supplied by GE are helping the city of Kodiak, on Kodiak Island off the southern coast of Alaska, reduce its use of diesel fuel and lower its energy costs while supporting the local utility’s vision to generate most of its power from renewable sources. The three GE 1.5-megawatt (MW) wind turbines were installed in 2009 by the Kodiak Electric Association (KEA), Kodiak Island’s electric utility, as a part of the Pillar Mountain Wind Project.

After a year of successful operation, GE’s wind turbines have enabled KEA to avoid the use of 930,000 gallons of diesel fuel. Read more

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