Together with ANGDA, NAB is pursuing the possibility of a demonstration project for implementation of electric generation with propane as energy source. It is clear that more and more people are recognizing that developing the stranded resources on the North Slope is of vital interest to Alaska. If a production plant was made at Prudhoe, then it is likely that a drop of 30% in the price of delivered propane would allow significant savings for the rural households that would change to propane for cooking and drying purposes.
A Honeywell 2.2K wind generator has been installed on the NAB office building in Kotzebue. It will help offset the cost of electricity for the borough, saving approximately $ 2,500.00 – 3,000.00/year. It will be a test case to see if this version of wind generation is suitable for our region. The unit starts charging at very low wind 0.5miles/hour, installed cost will be about $ 13,000.00. LED lights are continuing to be installed throughout the office as well.
Wind/Diesel for Deering, Buckland & Noorvik
The NAB Wind/Diesel project was born out of a conceptual design by NANA Wh-Pacific in 2008 and funded in 2009 under round 1 of AEA’s renewable energy fund for a total of $ 10,500,000.00 for the 3 communities Noorvik, Buckland and Deering.
The wind-diesel feasibility and conceptual design report for all 3 communities are now complete. In Noorvik, additional wind studies will continue through April 2013, with a MET tower secured through a lease agreement from NSB. Geotech work on Soil conditions will be performed during April-May 2013
The construction phase starts in April 2013 for all 3 communities for actual commissioning in 2014.
Ted Energy Smart Meters
Initiated from our CIAP Grant in 2009, this project teaches Energy efficiency and awareness by the use of biofeedback. Studies have shown that an average of 20% can be saved on electric bills with this device. A “Smart” Energy meter will be allocated to each household so that each individual can monitor energy usage and predict monthly electric cost. The meter will be showing energy use in real-time and also warn when the PCE limit has been reached at 500 Kwh and the cost dramatically increases.
At this point, the TED smart meters have been installed in all NAB communities except Kotzebue. A follow up study is under way, with interns in each community that evaluate and reprogram the installed units. KEA will be installing a slightly different model, ECO- meter due to a different meter base system in Kotzebue.
Installations for Kotzebue are scheduled for April – May 2013.
“Energy Wise” by RuralCap, NANA, NAB
This project started in September 2013 and is ongoing for Ambler, Noorvik, Shungnak, Buckland, Kivalina and Noatak. A collaborative proposal is underway to implement the “Energy Wise” program for six of our communities fall 2013. This program perfectly match out the energy awareness project with the energy meters; we are partnering with NANA and RuralCap on the program.
ETF Fund Energy Wind Turbine Project
Arctic field testing and power curve verification of the Eocycle 25/12 wind turbine. The new turbine has been ordered and foundation work will be done in May- June 2013.
Funded under the ETF fund from AEA, we will test a turbine made by “Eocycle” out of Quebec Canada. It is a 25Kw turbine that fits well with our village needs for wind power. The testing site for the Eocycle turbine will be Kotzebue Electric Associations wind site just outside of Kotzebue. The test will hopefully certify the turbine for use under Arctic -40F conditions. The communities that would benefit from this test includes all rural communities in Alaska.
Cosmos Hills Hydro Project – Upper Kobuk
This is the most promising project for the Upper Kobuk. Estimated cost for full development including an electric inter-tie to Ambler is $ 50-60M. So far, the four climate/hydrological stations at Cosmos Creek, Wesley Creek, Dahl Creek and Kogoluktuk River are performing well and data and video link is available http://cosmoshydro.org/
Funding needed as current project funds will run out in April 2013. If an Intertie gets built it would greatly improve funding possibilities for the Hydro project. At this time it is important to establish a “Right away” corridor for a transmission line between Ambler and Shungnak as soon as possible as this will show the intent of the Region to the funding agencies. We are currently collecting more support resolutions from the stakeholders in the region.
Solar-PV for Water Plants
Initiated from our CIAP Grant in 2009, this project is designed to help provide power to our region’s water/sewer Plants reducing the cost of operation. The design phase of the project took place during the winter months of 2011-2012. The water plant in Ambler was commissioned March of 2013 and has been exceeding expectations. At times the water plant is running entirely on solar power.
Phase 2 construction occurred during the fall and winter months of 2013. This phase saw the construction of PV solar arrays for water plants in the villages of Deering, Noatak, Noorvik, Shungnak and Kobuk. We will soon begin to realize the benefits these PV solar arrays provide for their respective villages. Peak production for the solar arrays occur during the spring time. This is due to the increase in day light as well as the generally sunny days that this area experience. Furthermore, there is an increase of up to 30% in output due to solar reflection off the snow.
The final phase will begin during the summer of 2014. This phase will see the remaining villages in the Northwest Arctic Borough which include Kotzebue, Buckland, Kiana, Kivalina, and Selawik receive solar arrays for their water/sewer plants. At this point all villages will have received solar arrays for their water/sewer plants.
The estimated savings for each plant is between $6,000 and $8,000/year.
Strategic Energy Plan
Northwest Arctic Steering Committee
In 2008 the Northwest Arctic Region came together for a summer Energy Summit. Out of that meeting a concern arose that the Region needed to speak with one voice. To make sure that all communities participated in the implementation of that plan, the Energy Steering Committee was created by the NAB in the spring of 2009.
Upper Kobuk Valley Wood Biomass Study
Scoping meetings with the communities have been scheduled, and will take place in March-April.
Upper Kobuk have been recommended for funding for Design and Construction of a Biomass Boiler project @ $ 250,000.00 under round V of AEA Renewable Energy Fund. Due to slow progress, NIHA have turned over the grant management to NAB. A conceptual design has been discussed among the upriver councils, using a biomass boiler to offset cost of fuel for a Washeteria or Community building. The concept involves using recovered burnable material from waste that currently is delivered to the landfills. A discussion is ongoing on this between AEA, NIHA and NAB.
I attended a meeting in Kobuk, Dec 11th together with ANTHC and WH-Pacific. Regarding the Biomass grant that ANTHC is managing under AEA round V for Kobuk. It is likely that we will collaborate on a scope and community support between the 2 grants. As ANTHC is targeting the Waterplant in Kobuk, I will likely work on 2 projects, one each for Shungnak and Ambler. According to our initial biomass feasibility study, the upper Kobuk region have enough usable biomass for at least some small projects. This could possibly be expanded in the future to include the schools.
Energy Program Staff