GVEA named Wind Cooperative of the Year
Fairbanks’ local electric cooperative was named Wind Cooperative of the Year in the category of distribution cooperatives on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy and National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. The award was presented at the NRECA TechAdvantage Conference on February 21.
This 12th annual award recognizes electric cooperatives that demonstrate leadership in moving wind power forward in the United States. GVEA was selected based on the following project criteria:
- Project creativity
- Extreme construction challenges
- Benefits to Golden Valley’s members
Eva Creek Wind was online and fully commissioned on December 31, 2012. With 12 turbines and a capacity of nearly 25-megawatts, Eva Creek Wind is the largest wind project in Alaska. For output statistics, visit http://gvea.com/energy/evacreek/output.
Golden Valley submits LNG Plan for the Interior
GVEA has been working to keep this project moving forward, including:
- Securing a 20-year gas supply contract with BP Alaska
- Filing a Right-of-Way application with SPCO for LNG plant site
- Preliminary engineering work
- Securing property in North Pole along H&H road to locate LNG storage and vaporization facility
Most recently, In December 2012, the state of Alaska requested Letters of Interest about a proposed North Slope natural gas plant. GVEA submitted the following plan on January 7, 2013
Due to the high price of oil and its volatility, Golden Valley Electric has been evaluating the potential of trucking Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) from the North Slope to Fairbanks. Trucking gas would grow natural gas usage and serve as a bridge to a pipeline.
The benefits of a LNG trucking project would be
- Reduce electric costs
- Reduce space heating costs which would improve air quality
- Provide alternative fuel sources such as propane
This project would involve building a liquefaction plant on the slope, to supercool the gas and turn it into a liquid. It would then be loaded into special trailers and trucked south. A LNG storage and vaporization facility would also have to be built near our North Pole Power Plant.