Kodiak wind turbines featured on Discovery Channel 

Congratulations to Kodiak Electric Association. The community’s three 1.5-megawatt each wind turbines installed last year on Pillar Mountain are featured in the June edition of the Alaska Airlines magazine (p.30) and are part of a 4.5-minute segment on the Discovery Channel’s Shades of Green show. In the video, Kodiak Electric CEO Darron Scott talks about how the turbines have cut the utility’s diesel fuel use in half and stabilized energy prices, making Kodiak a more attractive place for businesses like fish processors.  Because the town no longer uses as much diesel, it is far more insulated against price spikes in diesel fuel costs. Using the wind and an existing hydropower plant, the town is now nearly 90% renewable powered, Scott said. Since July 2009, the turbines have saved the town from having to burn more over 800,000 gallons of diesel, a savings of more than $1.6 million at a cost of $2 a gallon. The total cost of the turbines including installation was $21.4 million, making the estimated payback on the project less than 11 years. To see the latest updates on the turbines, click here

The project also earlier this year earned Kodiak Electric the title of “2009 Wind Cooperative of the Year” from the U.S. Department of Energy and National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

Note: REAP’s Business of Clean Energy in Alaska conference (June 17-18 at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage) will feature a presentation about the Kodiak wind turbines by Ron Acarregui, Vice Chairman of Kodiak Electric Association.

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