Residents of Western Alaska bush communities could see an increase in the price of gas, stove and heating oil. And that price may not come down any time soon.
A University of Alaska Fairbanks scientist said that the reason why Western Alaska is getting windier is that it will soon inherit the Aleutian Islands’ storms. In today’s climate, the Aleutian islands are the windiest area in Alaska.
Power Cost Equalization, or PCE, lowers the cost of electricity in rural Alaska to make it comparable to more urban areas like Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau.
No one was injured, but the building was a total loss.
The state emergency management department says the Alaska Village Electric Cooperative is working with regional entities on clearing frozen well transmission lines as well as restoring power to parts of the community.
While many residents said they have a secondary heat source at home, four families stayed overnight at the local school. Selawik officials have ordered a temporary water supply from Kotzebue.
The exemption would allow remote Alaska utilities to emit more particulate pollution than power plants elsewhere.
The state is becoming a testing ground for energy technologies that are increasingly interesting to the rest of the world.
A new, large wind turbine is coming to Bethel. Anna Sattler, the rural liaison for the Alaska Village Electric Cooperative, said that the 900 kilowatt wind turbine is expected to be delivered next year, and it will be the largest turbine in the cooperative’s fleet, by a factor of nine.
Bethel’s electric grid consumes 2.5 million gallons of diesel annually. The turbines would reduce that amount, but the number of turbines AVEC would install is still undecided.