Igiugig River Turbine

The village council in Igiugig, population 70, is the first tribal entity in the nation licensed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to harness river water that’s not connected to a dam. The community, located on Lake Iliamna at the head of the Kvichak River, has been the test site for two previous prototype hydrokinetic systems.

The 40-kilowatt RivGen has the potential to offset up to 50% of the community’s electric energy generation. The electricity rate for residents in Igiugig is over $1 per kilowatt hour before power cost equalization reduces the rate to around $0.58 per kWh.

Source: Alaska Center for Energy and Power, July 22, 2019


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