Kotzebue Wind Installation Project, Kotzebue, Alaska
The U.S. Department of Energy's Golden Field Office is considering providing financial assistance to the Kotzebue Electric Association to expand its existing wind installation site near Kotzebue, Alaska. Like many rural Alaskan towns, Kotzebue uses diesel-powered generators to produce electricity, the high cost of which is currently subsidized by the Alaskan State government. In an effort to provide a cost effective and clean source of electricity, reduce dependance on diesel fuel, and reduce air pollutants, the DOE is proposing to partially fund the development of an experimental wind installation to test commercially available turbines under Arctic conditions. The results of the testing would provide valuable information to other Alaskan communities that rely solely on diesel-powered generators.