ISER offers June 23, 2010 lunchtime talk on the economics and performance of isolated wind-diesel systems in rural Alaska
by Kathleen McCoy |
Wednesday, June 23, noon-1 p.m.
Diplomacy Building, ISER Conference Room
Most rural Alaska communities rely on diesel to heat buildings and generate electricity. But many communities in Alaska are frequently windy -- and rising diesel prices have spurred more interest in harnessing wind to supplement diesel and provide communities with a source of renewable, sustainable energy. Already there are 19 completed wind-diesel projects in Alaska and 10 more are under construction. Ginny Fay and Katherine Keith have looked at the costs of those projects and how well they are doing at reducing diesel consumption.
Ginny Fay is an assistant professor of economics at ISER who studies energy issues. Katherine Keith is the coordinator for the Wind-Diesel Applications Center of the Alaska Center for Energy and Power. The purpose of the center is to support broader use of cost-effective wind-diesel technologies to help reduce energy costs in rural Alaska.
Join us at ISER to hear what these researchers have learned about wind-diesel projects so far. For more information, call (907) 786-7710.