Kodiak reaps benefits of renewable energy, with lessons for rural Alaska

KODIAK -- From the window of a yellow floatplane, Kodiak Electric Association president Darron Scott points to towering white wind turbines strung along a green ridge on Pillar Mountain, a pinnacle behind town.

Those wind turbines, a leap of faith for the community six years ago, now account for between 16 percent to 18 percent of the electricity Kodiak uses. So far, they've saved the city from using more than 8 million gallons of diesel fuel and have helped to stabilize rates. People in

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