In 2009 the
Kodiak Electric Association installed three wind turbines on Pillar Mountain
and the project has been so successful KEA President and CEO Darron Scott says that
they are planning to install three more on the south facing ridgeline of the mountain.
He says KEA is also planning to install an additional turbine at the 25-year-old
Terror Lake dam which will increase its capacity by 50 percent.
-- (Renewable 1 :12 "It
was designed for it ... work very well together.")
wind turbines should be wired in by next fall and the new dam turbine by fall
2013. To make the most of these improvements, an energy storage system is also
in the works.
-- (Renewable 2 :35 "Imagine
you've got now ... battery system peels back off.")
battery system is expected sometime in 2013 and should also help when the wind
turbines are shut down during extremely high winds, like the ones we
experienced last week.
-- (Renewable 3 :16 "They
typically shut down ... calm down a little bit more."
together, Scott says the projects will increase their renewable energy supply
from just over 80 percent to about 97 percent. That translates into less diesel
use and lower energy costs for Kodiak.