Those gathered Monday for the Kodiak
Chamber of Commerce's monthly member luncheon were treated to a detailed update
on Kodiak Electric Association's wind power project. CEO Darron Scott of KEA
told members that "the sky's the limit" when it comes to the project's potential
to reduce reliance on diesel fuel and lower energy costs. KMXT's Erik Wander
Reminding the audience that KEA's
goal is to be operating on 95-percent renewable energy by 2020, Scott said reliance
on diesel fuel must be curtailed. He said the ultimate aim of the wind power
project is to do just that, while lowering costs to consumers. Presenting
pictures of the construction process to date, he also said he's pleased with
how the project has progressed.
1 48 sec. "Last year at this time ... on the
optimistic side of things.")
said KEA's current system is based on about 80-percent hydro power, generated
by the Terror Lake facility, and about 20-percent
diesel. He said the wind power project will initially cut the diesel percentage
almost in half and gradually decrease it after that.
2 15 sec. "We wanted to try to cut ... even more if we could.")
described how the hydro and wind power projects will work together to
accomplish that goal.
3 39 sec. "Terror Lake
is going to be ... that we have in
also described how the wind turbines will function technically to produce power.
4 35 sec. "An anemometer reading ... too much wind for the machine.")
pointed out that the blades are now turning, at least when the wind is blowing.
He referred to the current state as "test operation mode," which he said will
continue for a period of time before the turbines are fully operational.
5 24 sec. "We've still got more of ... Lake fills
up a little bit.")
one-point-five megawatt turbines have the capacity to produce about
12-point-two million kilowatt hours of power annually. Scott said the current
estimate is that this will save about three-point-two million dollars a year in
fuel costs. He said the wind power project, originally budgeted at
23-point-three million dollars, is likely to come in under-budget. KEA hopes to
have the turbines completed and online by early fall.