Maine company connects river power system to grid in Alaska

The Associated Press

A Maine company that's developing tidal power and river power systems says it's successfully connected one of its units to the power grid in an Alaskan village.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine company that's developing tidal power and river power systems says it's successfully connected one of its units to the power grid in an Alaskan village.

Ocean Renewable Power Company says its 25-kilowatt RivGen Power System has been successfully deployed in the remote river village of Igiugig (ig-ee-AH'-gig). The idea is to reduce the village's reliance on diesel-powered generators and reduce power costs by using the flowing Kvichak (KWEE'-jack) River to create electricity.

AlexAnna Salmon, Village Council president, the project is now "putting clean power into our local grid without a glitch."

Ocean Renewable also has a pilot tidal project in eastern Maine. It's also establishing an office in Ireland, where the company sees an opportunity for community-based projects.

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