Unalaska awarded nearly $1M grant to develop geothermal power
September 11, 2009
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, recently posted this release that included news about a $951,500 grant awarded to the City of Unalaska for geothermal work. The U.S. Department of Energy grant is directed at finding an accessible commercial grade geothermal resource at Makushin and developing a 10 to 12 MW geothermal power plant (with the ability to expand to 20MW) for the City of Unalasaka Electrical Utility. The Dutch Harbor Fisherman also posted this report recently that details some of the exploration work. The story notes the city currently relies heavily on diesel and pays about 32 cents a kilowatt hour for power, or about three times what Anchorage residents pay.