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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