March 2018 Kodiak Alaska Wind Working Group meeting

March 2018 Kodiak Alaska Wind Working Group meeting
March 22, 2018 Stephanie Nowers

Members of the Alaska Wind Working Group held a regional two-day meeting in Kodiak, Alaska on March 8-9, 2018 to see and hear more about Kodiak’s amazing wind-hydro-battery-flywheel hybrid system which has provided 99.7% of the island’s power for the past several years.

In attendance were officials representing Alaskan utilities, technical training facilities, state agencies, non-profits, research centers and supply chain companies. Among the organizations were the Alaska Department of Labor, Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP), AVTEC, the Denali Commission, Kodiak Electric Association (KEA) and STG Incorporated.

The meeting focused on the challenges and successes facing Alaska’s wind industry including efforts to build a clear pathway of education and training for utility operators. The group also discussed other hurdles and opportunities facing remote grids as well as ongoing research and analysis of Alaska’s existing systems.

A special highlight was a recap from Kodiak Electric of their highly successful integration of 9 megawatts (MW) of wind onto their system using a flywheel, battery and existing hydropower facilities. Together, these assets have allowed the utility to generate 99.7% of its power from renewable wind and hydro for more than 4 years. The system has also allowed the utility to lower rates by 1.6% since 2000, and has proven reliable and flexible enough to accommodate and support the addition of a 2 MW regenerative electric crane at the port. Presentations and pictures from the meeting can be found below.

Alaska Wind Working Group members tour the 2MW Matson electric crane which is powered using hydro and wind and uses a flywheel to absorbs the fluctuations the crane causes.

A view of the Matson crane and 3 of Kodiak’s 6 1.5 MW GE turbines.

Darron Scott, CEO of Kodiak Electric Association, presents at the Alaska Wind Working Group meeting in Kodiak.











Darron Scott, CEO, Kodiak Electric Association  (KEA)

Lloyd Shanley, Power Generation Manager, KEA

Rick Kniaziowski, Kodiak Terminal Operations Manager, Matson Crane


TRAINING_Chris_McConnell, Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP) (.pptx)


St. Mary’s Energy Storage – Jeremy Vandermeer, Alaska Center for Energy & Power (ACEP)

Unalakleet Optimization – Bailey Gamble, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC)