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July 2010

Are there hydrokinetic turbines in Fairbanks area rivers?

“I’m curious about hydrokinetic turbines. Are there any in the Fairbanks area?” asked a member recently. The short answer is no; we don’t have hydrokinetic turbines in Fairbanks area rivers…yet. The Alaska Center for Energy & Power and the Ocean Renewable Power Company are studying “low-head,” or hydrokinetic, turbine generators …

Why is wind power a good deal all of a sudden?

    “I’ve heard GVEA say over and over that wind is extremely expensive and impractical, yet you introduced it at the annual meeting as a good deal. Why?” asked a member recently. The federal government has billions of dollars in stimulus money available for renewable energy projects. And Golden …