Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association - 2005 Project

Project Overview
Tribe/Awardee: Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association
Location: Anchorage, AK
Project Title: Aleutian Pribilof Islands Wind Energy Development
Type of Application: Feasibility
DOE Grant Number: DE-FG36-05GO15183
Project Amounts:
DOE: $186,877
Awardee: $0
Total: $186,877
Project Status: See project status
Project Period
of Performance:
Start: September 2005
End: December 2006

Summary

The Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association (APIA) was chartered as a nonprofit organization in 1976 and is a federally recognized tribal organization of the Aleut people. APIA will conduct an economic and technical feasibility study for six communities on wind-power/diesel-plant development. An important goal is to educate and involve community members in this project, particularly youth who will become the future leaders of the community.

Project Description

The Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association (APIA) was chartered as a nonprofit organization in 1976 and is a federally recognized tribal organization of the Aleut people of Alaska. The APIA will conduct an economic and technical feasibility study for False Pass similar to the one it recently produced for Port Heiden, another Alaska Peninsula community. APIA will conduct economic and technical studies for Sand Point, King Cove, Nikolski, St. George, and Adak. APIA will continue its role as project coordinator to expand the communication network quality with other wind interest groups in the state, and to provide continued education and training opportunities for regional participants.

Objective

The objective is to complete all the required economic and technical feasibility studies necessary prior to wind-diesel plant developments in St. George, Sand Point, False Pass, Nikolski, and Adak. King Cove would like to add wind to their hydro-diesel plant. APIA plans to improve communication among regional and statewide rural communities developing wind energy projects and to continue coordinating and funding opportunities for regional participants to attend alternative energy conferences and workshops.

An important goal for the APIA has been, and will continue to be, the education and involvement of community members in their own project, particularly the youth. Students will be informed and involved from the beginning. As the future leaders of the community, their familiarity and vested interest in renewable energy is vital. The youth will be expected to come up with good ideas too. Local ingenuity and resourcefulness is what has allowed isolated rural communities to exist for thousands of years. It will always be the bottom line in the continued survival of these same communities. We recognize and honor that.

Scope

The specific objectives of the feasibility study are to:

  • Complete site selection and resource monitoring in six communities: Sand Point, St. George, False Pass, King Cove, Nikolski, and Adak.

  • Conduct avian collisions monitoring by high school students. APIA will provide students in each school a $500 stipend for their science program in exchange for their participation in creating a grid map of the anemometer area, monitoring the site daily, documenting the weather conditions, and identifying and recording any dead birds found.

  • Attend trainings for professional development. Attendance at three wind-energy development seminars is planned.

  • Establish a communication network of community groups to create a regional wind interest group to share information.

  • Conduct energy conservation/energy efficiency tasks, including anemometer installation training, installation of PowerStat meters to monitor household electricity utilization, and assisting communities in obtaining funds to install PowerStat meters.

  • Complete load assessment, economic, and technical analyses. If anemometer sites prove not to be optimal, equipment will be moved to a chosen site and monitored.

  • Analyze environmental evaluation of reducing the quantity and frequency of transporting, transferring, and storage of fossil fuels.

  • Establish long-term operating and maintenance planning, including linking communities with similar equipment for parts exchange and technical assistance.

  • Conduct business and organizational planning to determine if a wind-diesel plant is viable and economically feasible by providing funding options, such as grants, loans, and the sale of green tags.

Project Location

The Aleutian Islands extend westward over 1,300 miles from the southwestern corner of the Alaska Mainland, and include the Pribilof Islands, which lie to the north. This area is distributed over approximately 100,000 square miles, a region slightly larger than Virginia, Kentucky, and Maryland combined.

Project Status

The project is complete. For details, see the final report (Appendix 1, Appendix 2, Appendix 3, Appendix 4, Appendix 5, Appendix 6, Appendix 7, Appendix 8, Appendix 9, Appendix 10, Appendix 11, Appendix 12).

The project was competitively selected under the Tribal Energy Program's FY2004 solicitation, "Renewable Energy Development on Tribal Lands," and started September 2005. The October 2005, October 2006, and November 2011 presentations provide more information.

For current project status or additional information, contact one of the project contacts.

Project Contact

Ms. Connie Fredenberg
201 E. 3rd Street
Anchorage, AK 99501
Telephone: (907) 276-2700 ext. 222
Facsimile: (907) 222-4273
Email: constancef@apiai.org