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Wind Power News: Alaska


These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

December 3, 2019 • AlaskaPrint storyE-mail story

As city study continues, data show Pyramid Valley as potential wind farm location

Engineers have taken down one of Unalaska’s four meteorological (MET) towers after it was damaged in a fall storm. Its loss isn’t expected to compromise the city’s ongoing energy study testing the feasibility of a local wind farm. On Hog Island, workers have been preparing a MET tower for winter, anchoring it deeper into the ground. That way, when high winds blow and heavy rain falls, it’ll stand up to the elements and avoid damage. Doug Vaught is a consultant . . . Complete story »

April 22, 2019 • Alaska, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines are ugly

The photograph shown in ADN as the “April Photo of the Month” depicts exactly what I have said to myself for years now as I run and bike on the Coastal Trail. That thought is: Those responsible for placing the wind turbines on Fire Island could not have picked a more perfect spot to destroy what was once the most iconic and stunning view of the Alaska Range from Anchorage on a beautiful day. We now get to look at . . . Complete story »

March 16, 2019 • AlaskaPrint storyE-mail story

Unalaska City Council mulls windmills

Two gigantic windmills with blades the length of a football field, and maybe a field goal to boot, are in the planning stages for Unalaska, according to a local contractor and a former city engineer, who described the project to the Unalaska City Council last month. The plan for two 3-megawatt turbines was described by gravel quarry owner Bill Shaishnikoff and engineer Keith Pedwell, of Bering Shai-Pedwell Energy Inc. They hope to generate an average of 19 million kilowatt hours . . . Complete story »

February 22, 2018 • AlaskaPrint storyE-mail story

Alaska regulators rule in GVEA’s favor in dispute with Delta Wind Farm

FAIRBANKS—The Regulatory Commission of Alaska has again ruled against Delta Junction wind turbine operator Mike Kraft, this time concluding that the Golden Valley Electric Association doesn’t have to buy power from his proposed 13.5 megawatt Delta Wind Farm because it would cost Golden Valley ratepayers. Kraft is a homebuilder who’s been in the wind energy business for about 10 years, much of it mired in conflicts with Golden Valley. He seeks to sell power under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies . . . Complete story »

September 2, 2017 • AlaskaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind-power developer takes GVEA to court in 4-year quest to sell more renewable energy

Fairbanks wind-power developer Mike Craft took Golden Valley Electric Association to court this week, claiming the utility is violating state and federal law by refusing to buy more electricity generated by a Delta Junction-area wind farm. Craft turned to the courts after four years of fighting with Golden Valley and working with state regulators to adopt federal policies intended to promote greater use of renewable energy. Anchorage Superior Court Judge Erin Marston is deliberating over arguments presented Tuesday by lawyers . . . Complete story »

August 30, 2017 • AlaskaPrint storyE-mail story

AVEC looking for a new wind turbine site after FAA scraps utility’s plans

Just because you held a public meeting about it doesn’t mean it’s going to happen. That’s what AVEC, the Alaska Village Electric Cooperative, found out Friday when the Federal Aviation Administration called and said their plan to build a wind turbine off Bethel’s BIA road was a no-go. In an email to KYUK, AVEC wrote that the non-profit utility will not be allowed to erect a 350-foot wind turbine off of BIA road because of “navigational air space conditions.” Their . . . Complete story »

April 20, 2017 • AlaskaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind-farm developer assails GVEA’s refusal to buy more power

Lawyers representing the Delta Wind Farm are asking state regulators to deny a tariff filed by Golden Valley Electric Association that argues the utility should not be required to buy more power from the wind farm. GVEA said it should be exempt from state and federal regulations intended to promote use of renewable energy, because it can’t integrate more wind power now without incurring costs that would be passed along to ratepayers. GVEA President and CEO Cory Borgeson said the . . . Complete story »

April 19, 2017 • Alaska, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

The hidden costs of wind power

Most people assume wind power is the cheapest, greenest power Golden Valley Electric Association generates. But if wind power is not carefully balanced with other power sources, it can drive up your electric bill – as well as greenhouse gas emissions. GVEA’s board has been very cautious about adding more wind. Here’s an anecdote that explains why more wind could lead to higher emissions and higher bills. Let’s suppose it’s a nice, windy day north of Healy, and the Eva Creek . . . Complete story »

March 18, 2017 • AlaskaPrint storyE-mail story

GVEA denies wind farm request

FAIRBANKS – Golden Valley Electric Association officials said the electric co-op has denied a request for interconnection from Delta Wind Farm which proposed construction of a 13.5 megawatt wind farm in the Delta Junction area. GVEA officials said the proposal was rejected because an additional wind farm would be a greater expense to the co-op and its customers. After Delta Wind Farm submitted their interconnection request in December, GVEA hired Mike Hubbard – a system modeling consultant – to conduct a detailed analysis . . . Complete story »

January 18, 2017 • AlaskaPrint storyE-mail story

Delta Junction wind farmer appeals RCA’s tariff decision

FAIRBANKS – Wind farmer Mike Craft is appealing the Regulatory Commission of Alaska’s decision to approve a tariff he said is illegal. Craft is the managing owner of Alaska Environmental Power, a nine turbine, two megawatt wind farm in the Delta Junction area. In July 2016, the RCA approved Golden Valley Electrical Association’s tariff sheet, which details what the utility charges independent power producers of wind and solar energy for service, and the justification for those charges, among other things. Craft . . . Complete story »

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