U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Alaska Utility Wins Wind Cooperative of the Year Award
February 25, 2008
Alaska Village Electric Cooperative (AVEC) of Anchorage, Alaska, has
been selected by DOE and the National Rural Electric Cooperative
Association (NRECA) as the winner of the 2007 Wind Cooperative of the
Year award. The award recognizes AVEC for leadership, demonstrated
success, and innovation in its wind power program. AVEC provides
electricity to 53 small, native villages in rural Alaska and has
990 kilowatts of installed wind-generating capacity in four of the
communities it serves. The annual award is cosponsored by NRECA and
DOE's Wind Powering America program, which aims to dramatically
increase the use of wind energy in the United States. See the Wind
Powering America Web site.
The Alaska Village Electric Cooperative installed its first NorthWind 100 wind turbines in the community of Toksook Bay in late 2005. Enlarge this image.
Credit: Distributed Energy Systems
Wind power provides 25% of the electricity needs of two of AVEC's
communities—Toksook Bay and Kasigluk. Those two communities are
also home to the first field deployments of the NorthWind 100 wind
turbine, a 100-kilowatt turbine that is specifically for use in cold,
harsh climates. The turbine, manufactured by Distributed Energy
Systems Corporation, features a direct-drive generator that eliminates
the need for a gearbox, avoiding the problems with gearbox lubrication
caused by cold weather and other harsh conditions. Designed and
developed in conjunction with DOE's National Renewable Energy
Laboratory (NREL), the wind turbine received an R&D 100 award in 2000.
See the DOE press release, the NREL Web page on the NorthWind turbine,
and the Distributed Energy Systems Web page on the turbine and its case study on the Toksook Bay installation (PDF 105 KB).
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