U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry traveled to Alaska this week to see renewable energy projects in rural areas, and visited Kodiak to tour a portion of KEA’s unique electric utility grid on May 1. The trip was organized by Senator Lisa Murkowski’s office through the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
To start their visit, KEA’s President/CEO Darron Scott gave Perry, Murkowski, and several staff members a presentation on how KEA has developed the cooperative’s sustainable, renewable energy grid with environmental stewardship. KEA owns, operates, and maintains a hydroelectric facility, a cutting edge wind farm with a battery bank utilizing hydro and wind resources as an integrated renewable generation system. Since 2014, KEA has had nearly 100% of kilowatt hour sales with cost-effective, renewable power solutions.
Following the presentation, the group got to see first hand the Pillar Mountain Wind Farm and battery and flywheel energy storage devices and learn how the cooperative deals with cyber security. They also viewed Kodiak’s electric shipping crane.
KEA appreciates the delegation’s interest in KEA’s renewable energy systems and how the remote island grid’s operation may apply to other issues on the national level.