Wind Power Proposed For Windy Alaskan Villages

The Alaskan government has announced plans to build wind turbines in six small villages along the state's windy western coast. Locals applaud the investment.
January 28, 2009, 10am PST | Nate Berg
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"The persistent Bering Sea winds that drive up the cost of light and heat in impoverished Western Alaska are now bringing a promise of redemption as well."

"Last week the state proposed spending $14 million to erect wind farms in six villages on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, including Kongiganak. It's part of a plan for spending $100 million on renewable energy around Alaska to reduce consumption of expensive diesel fuel and bring down local electric bills."

"'The wind turbine is a blessing for us,' Harvey Paul, general manager of the local power company, Puvurnaq, said Monday. 'We have some of the highest fuel prices in the state and some of the best winds.'"

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Published on Monday, January 26, 2009 in Anchorage Daily News
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