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A solar power project in Naknek aims to demonstrate that solar power is a cost-effective option in rural Alaska.

Chignik Lagoon adjusts to life on 94% hydropower

Sep 3, 2015
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The village is saving $500 a day in diesel costs; community members say the new hydropower plant is cleaner and quieter. 

Ocean Renewable Power Company

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. 

Murkowski Pushes Water Energy Legislation

Jun 26, 2014

US Senator Lisa Murkowski pushed legislation intended to improve the efficiency of the federal government in addressing issues related to energy and water.  She spoke Wednesday to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Water and Energy Subcommittee.

Senator Murkowski spoke about the Nexus of Energy and Water for Sustainability Act.  The legislation would focus on water being used to produce energy and the energy required to treat, transport and distribute water.  Murkowski says the energy nexus is important because water is crucial for every aspect of life.

VEEP Program Accepting Applications

Jul 19, 2013

The Alaska Village Energy Efficiency program is accepting applications for nearly a million dollars in funding. KDLG’s Ben Matheson has more:

The U.S. House is considering a bill from Representative Don Young that would expedite energy projects on Native American lands in Alaska and the lower 48. The Native American Energy Act makes a few big changes in the ways that tribal groups go about conducting energy projects on their lands.  The bill’s sponsor, Alaska Representative Don Young says the bill applies to ANCSA lands, but is targeted more for projects on reservations in the lower 48, where he says the regulatory process is too slow.