In 2015, the Alaska Village Electric Cooperative (AVEC) operated more wind turbines than any electric utility in Alaska, with 34 turbines in 12 communities. AVEC has designed turbine foundations specifically for permafrost conditions, and trains wind technicians who live in each community and work on the construction and operation of new wind systems. AVEC works with the Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) to leverage funding for the wind turbines, and will work with customers who are interested in installing their own renewable energy systems to determine whether it can be connected to the utility grid.