By Thom Fischer
February 28, 2011
If this energy could be supplied with excess hydropower, this would be a net benefit to Ketchikan. If this energy were supplied with energy purchased outside the region at lower cost, this could be a net benefit to Ketchikan. If this were to be supplied with diesel-fired generation, the revenue would not even cover half the cost of diesel.
Two solutions should be looked at. The first is to develop more hydropower energy and sell excess energy that these hydropower resources provide in the summer months to the cruise ship industry. The second is to connect Southeast Alaska to the North American grid through BC, with the proposed AK/BC Intertie. This would allow the purchase of energy from outside the region to sell to businesses and residents in the region. Actually both of these solutions should be done, which would help the cruise ship industry as well as Ketchikan.
Providing energy and heat from diesel is yesterday's technology and has no future as world demand for this fuel will certainly drive up its cost.
About: "President of renewable energy development company. Engineer performing economic evaluation on energy projects, including hydropower projects."
Received February 27, 2011 - Published February 28, 2011
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