The cost of electricity in Igiugig in nearly 80 cents per kilowatt hour, but the national average is 10 cents. Igiugig relies on diesel generation. One company set out to show how inexpensive and effective a hydrokinetic power system could be.
The Ocean Renewable Power Company’s RivGen power System is a 25 kilowatt system designed to reduce the cost of electricity to remote communities located near rivers. Hydrokinetic systems, like RivGen, refers to energy technologies that capture the energy in moving water and convert it to electricity.