SWAMC would like to extend a special congratulations to the City of Akhiok for their award of $1.2 million from USDA Rural Development. This project will reduce fuel consumed for electricity generation, significantly reduce power outages, and reduce electricity wasted in transmission due to current high line loss. Akhiok’s distribution system replacement will be done alongside a powerhouse replacement project, also recently funded by the Denali Commission and the State of Alaska.
Akhiok City Manager Dan McCoy and Economic Development Project Manager Tyler Kornelis of the Kodiak Area Native Association were instrumental to the success of Akhiok’s grant application. Through his role as Regional Energy Coordinator under SWAMC’s DOE-funded Energy Technical Assistance grant, Tyler dove into Akhiok’s grant application, working closely with Dan to understand the existing electrical system and its upgrade needs. TDX Power also contributed critical engineering expertise to the grant application through their role on the SWAMC DOE grant Technical Panel. Thanks to the incredible work of everyone involved and the support provided by SWAMC’s Energy Network, Akhiok’s project will become a reality. Tyler credits the Arctic Remote Energy Network Academy (ARENA) that he took part of in 2017 with providing him the knowledge, connections, and confidence to assist the community with their successful grant application.