Eva Creek Wind Project

Project photos available

Output statistics (bar chart) (To view daily output statistics, click on the wind meter to the right)

The first power from Eva Creek Wind came into the grid at 9 a.m. on October 24, 2012. On January 7, 2013, all 12 turbines were fully tested, commissioned and generating power.

At just under 25-megawatts, Eva Creek is the largest wind project in Alaska and the first by any Railbelt utility. It is located 14 miles from Healy at the top of the 10-mile Ferry mining road.

The Eva Creek Wind project is visible from the Parks Highway.  As you're headed north out of Healy, look to the right in the vicinity of Milepost 263.

The addition of Eva Creek Wind is exciting for Golden Valley and the Interior as a whole. The project integrates well into GVEA’s system and enables the cooperative to meet its Renewable Energy Pledge ahead of schedule. Eva Creek Wind also helps reduce the Interior’s dependence on oil for power generation.

 

Fast Facts

  • Capacity: 24.6 megawatts
  • Helped GVEA meet its Renewable Energy Pledge which called for 20 percent of the system’s peak load to be generated by renewable resources by 2014. GVEA’s 2013 peak load was 211.7 MW.
  • 2013 O&M costs: $1.3 million
  • 2013 cost of energy: $0.095/kWh
  • 2013 capacity factor: 33%

Project Information

Total project costs: $93 million

State appropriations: $13.4 million

Amount capitalized: $84 million

GVEA-owned and operated

General contractor: Michels Wind Energy

 

Turbine Statistics

Turbines: 12 REPower turbines (MM92, Cold Climate Version Machines)

Turbine Hub Height: 262 feet (80 meters)

Rotor Diameter: 303 feet (92.5 meters)

Height of turbine from base to blade tip: Approximately 410 feet (125 meters)

Minimum Wind Speed: 6.7 mph

Maximum Wind Speed: 53.7 mph

 

Project Timeline

Pre-2009

  • Installed first meteorological wind monitoring towers (2003)
  • Began wind integration studies to make sure the wind power will work on GVEA’s system (2007)

2009

  • Installed two 80-meter MET towers at Eva Creek site and one 50-meter MET tower on Walker Dome for further wind testing

2010

  • Wetland survey and avian migration studies conducted for permitting process
  • Geotechnical investigation done for road and site improvements
  • Met with Alaska Railroad Corporation regarding rail access issues

2011

  • Began infrastructure design (road, intertie, tower foundation and communications)
  • Contracts awarded; Michels Wind Energy is the general contractor
  • Conducted cultural resources surveys and wetlands field surveys
  • Road improvements began
  • Acquired permit from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • State of Alaska, Division of Natural Resources, began public and agency review process for land lease, material site and sales contract, communication sites, road improvement and realignment, etc.
  • Selected REpower as turbine manufacturer

2012

  • State of Alaska, Division of Natural Resources, executed Early Entry Authorization for the construction, operation, maintenance and use of the wind farm
  • Construction and turbine erection
  • First wind power hit the grid (October 24)
  • Commissioning and testing
  • All 12 turbines commissioned (December 31)

 2013-2014

  • Full commercial output (January 7, 2013)
  • Post-construction avian mortality studies to be conducted for the spring and fall migrations as a part of GVEA's United States Fish & Wildlife Avian Protection Plan (2013 and 2014)

Eva Creek Wind Power Meter

Presentations and Media

PROJECT PHOTOS
Project Overview (Feb. 21, 2012) 
Three Step Plan (Oct. 26,2011)
Healy PowerPoint (Aug. 25, 2011)
Photos from the site (July 18)
Wildlife Update (July 8)
Why Eva Creek? (Videos, Jan. 2011)

GVEA at a Glance

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