Wind energy project in Alaska gets regulatory green light

The Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA) has signed off on the proposed 17.6 MW Fire Island Wind Project.

According to Cook Inlet Region Inc. (CIRI), the project developer, the electricity from the 11-turbine site will be sold to Chugach Electric Association and will provide about four percent of the utility’s power. Fire Island is located in Cook Inlet just west of Anchorage.

According to CIRI, south-central Alaska uses natural gas to generate more than 90 percent of its electricity. However, Cook Inlet gas reserves are running out. CIRI says it intends for this wind project to help fill any generation gap that the island may face.

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