Clean Currents 2022

Small Hydro in King Cove, Alaska: Fulfilling the Promise of Renewable Energy: 28 Years Now and Still Getting Better

This poster presentation will provide the history of King Cove, Alaska, being the first municipal electric utility in rural Alaska to develop two very successful run-of-the-river hydro facilities, which produce 85% of the community’s annual electric demand.

King Cove is 625 miles southwest of Anchorage at the western end of the Alaska Peninsula where the Aleutian Islands begin. It is a community of 900 people and not road connected to any other community. Transportation access is only by air or water.

The poster will highlight the key components, challenges, costs, and funding for the two hydro facilities that share the same power house and 5-mile transmission line. The poster will include a range of photos and illustrations to share King Cove’s story as a highly successful, single-grid utility surrounded by volcanoes and frequent major seismic activity while dealing with continuous adverse weather/wind conditions in this remote location.

King Cove’s cost of a kilowatt-hour of electricity is $0.25. This is currently the least expensive non-subsidized kWh cost of electricity anywhere in rural Alaska.

Presenter Information

Gary Hennigh

Gary Hennigh
City Administrator and CEO of Municipal Electric Utility
City of King Cove, Alaska
Poster Presenter