Chugach staff and board members discussed the Fire Island Wind (FIW) project with U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm last month. Sec. Granholm was touring Alaska looking at renewable energy projects that could benefit from federal funding when she included a visit to Kincaid Park with an across Cook Inlet view of Fire Island.
Chugach Executive Vice President of Regulatory and External Affairs Arthur Miller, Board Chair Rachel Morse, Board Vice-Chair Bettina Chastain, and CIRI President & CEO Sophie Minich gave the Secretary an overview of the wind project and its role in the overall energy portfolio. FIW supplies roughly 2% of Chugach’s total retail load, and the annual energy output is equivalent to the energy use of about 6,500 homes.