The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced its work with remote and islanded communities around the United States. One of those communities -- Ouzinkie, located on Spruce Island off of Kodiak -- applied for and was selected to be a participant in a program called ETIPP (Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Project). This was a competitive application process and Ouzinkie was successful along with 10 other communities in Alaska and other states including Hawaii, Maine, and North Carolina.
The ETIPP program has been described as "Technical Assistance on steroids". “Ouzinkie’s engagement in this program will assist in visioning and planning for the next steps of creating an electrical grid and power source for the community which is long overdue” says Tyler Kornelis, Project Manager with the Kodiak Area Native Association, who assisted with the application process. Ouzinkie currently relies on diesel generators and an aging hydroelectric system to power their community but is looking to understand how they can optimize their use of renewables and storage.
-- Darren Muller Sr., SWAMC Board of Directors and Spruce Island Development Corp.
Read more about the ETIPP program and other selected projects across Alaska on the Renewable Energy Alaska Partnership (REAP) website, and on the Department of Energy website.