Over 6,000 people attended the
annual meeting of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association's 68th
annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia last week. Representing the
Kodiak Electric Association were K-E-A board president Cliff Davidson and CEO
Darron Scott. The two were there to take part in the national conference and to
accept the "2009 Wind Cooperative of the Year Award" on behalf of K-E-A,
The award is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Wind and
Hydropower Technologies Program, the Wind Powering America program, and the
N-R-E-C-A. The distinction recognizes electric cooperatives that demonstrate
strong leadership in advancing wind power in the U.S.. A panel of wind industry,
government, national laboratory and cooperative experts selected KEA for the
Speaking from Denver,
Scott offered his response to the honor:
-- (KEA 1 "It's wonderful!
... its overwhelming.")
The NRECA annual meeting is held for
staff and local directors of the nation's cooperative electric utilities. This
year's event commemorated the 75th anniversary of the Rural
Electrification Administration. The conference featured presentations by actor
Ed Asner, news analyst David Gergen and Finance guru Steve Forbes among others.
The Kodiak delegation was busy attending meetings during the event and by
the time motivational speaker and
television host John Walsh gave the closing speech; Scott was on his way to yet
another wind-power gathering; this time in Denver where he was one of the
presenters at the "Energy Development in Islanded Nations: or "EDIN"(Eden)
-- (KEA 2 "The U.S.
Virgin ...in between.")
The Kodiak wind project is of interest to
many around the world because it features the first mega-watt class turbine
used in Alaska
and it combines hydro power and wind power on an "islanded grid".
Scott said he considers the wind
energy meetings a great opportunity for sharing knowledge in order to address
the common goal of breaking dependency on diesel and fossil fuels.
The CEO of Kodiak Electric stressed that the
national award that he and Davidson accepted in Atlanta belongs to KEA's board and staff, the
co-op members and the community of Kodiak for the support given to the Pillar
mountain wind project.
-- (KEA 3 "It's
really their ... on the cake.")
he thinks that the award will help earn continued outside support as Kodiak
moves forward with future renewable energy plans.