GVEA Receives a 55-Megawatt Hybrid Power Generation Project Proposal

Golden Valley Electric Association has received a proposal from Eco Green Generation LLC (EGG) of Monument, CO, an independent power producer, to add 55 megawatts of energy to GVEA’s system.

EGG proposes to add 11 cogeneration units, 9 in Fairbanks and 2 in North Pole. Each unit will produce 5 megawatts of electricity using LNG or propane. The cogenerating units would be positioned near large commercial buildings, enabling the waste heat to be used by those buildings.

EGG’s proposal includes a 25-megawatt wind farm near Delta Junction, and a 4.4-megawatt battery energy storage system. The 11 cogeneration units would employ reciprocating engines that can be throttled up and down quickly, taking up the slack if the wind suddenly dies down.

The proposed project involves Alaska Environmental Power (AEP) of Delta Junction. AEP currently provides GVEA with 2 megawatts of wind power. Under this proposal, AEP would receive one third of the net revenue from the project.

EGG has laid out an ambitious timeline for the project, anticipating it to be online by November 30, 2019.   “If this project is able to deliver on its promises, it could be something positive for the Interior,” said Cory Borgeson, GVEA President and CEO. “GVEA is always looking for ways to lower our members’ costs and reduce our emissions.”

Under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA), utilities are obligated to purchase power from independent power producers as long as there are no adverse impacts on reliability or rates. GVEA has hired an independent engineering firm, to assist GVEA staff, in evaluating EGG’s proposal to determine any impacts to GVEA’s system and to calculate associated costs. GVEA has until February 27 to respond.

Cogeneration is not a new idea in the Interior. The Aurora Power Plant on the Chena River has been generating both electricity and steam heat for downtown Fairbanks since the 1950s. The new UAF power plant is also a cogeneration unit that provides both heat and electricity to the campus. “It makes sense to use waste heat, particularly in a cold climate like ours,” said Brian Youngberg, Vice President of Member Services at GVEA.

To view the documents that were issued to GVEA (proposal letter and attachments), simply click on the appropriate link below:

(Posted to GVEA's Blog on Jan 4, 2019.)

Good¢ents Grants Awarded in November 2018

The Good¢ents Board of Trustees met in November. Fourteen applications were reviewed, and nine grants totaling $35,178 were awarded. Here’s a summary of these recent grants:

  • Bethel Community Services Foundation: $1,000 grant to assist with the purchase of music equipment.
  • Christmas In Ice: $3,305 grant to be applied to an electrical upgrade.
  • Ester Volunteer Fire Department: $4,080 grant to assist with an electrical upgrade.
  • Fairbanks Children’s Museum: $4,747 grant to purchase a set of furniture designed specifically for children.
  • Fairbanks Community Food Bank: $5,448 grant to be applied towards the purchase and installation of an intrusion detection system.
  • Literacy Council: $4,071 grant to assist with a furniture upgrade.
  • Love INC: $6,755 grant to be applied towards a technology upgrade.
  • Opera Fairbanks: $3,010 grant to assist with the purchase of music equipment.
  • The Folk School Fairbanks: $2,762 grant to assist with the purchase and installation of a Toyo stove.

All grants from the Good¢ents Foundation are awarded to nonprofit organizations within GVEA’s service area. Applications are reviewed quarterly in February, May, August and November by a volunteer board of trustees. The next application deadline is January 31, 2019. Applications and more information about the program can be found online here.

Good¢ents is funded by the generous members of Golden Valley Electric Association. Since the program began in 2011, GVEA members have funded grants totaling $909,996.

Thank you to all of the members who voluntarily “round up” their monthly billing statement to the next dollar. The cents you contribute is greatly appreciated and really makes a difference within the communities GVEA serves.

(Posted on GVEA's Blog on Dec 4, 2018.)

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