Alaska becomes microgrid testing ground

| June 21, 2017

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Alaska has become a testing ground for sustainable technologies that the rest of the world is increasingly interested in using, officials said.U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski held a field hearing this past weekend of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in Cordova to talk about the state's technology, specifically microgrids, Alaska's Energy Desk reportedThe grids are self-contained, power grids that can operate unconnected to any larger transmission system. Alaska communities off the road system depend on these microgrids to provide power. Most of the communities are powered by diesel, but an increasing amount of them are trying to cut costs by adding renewables like wind or expanding hydropower.

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