Portable Electric Generators offer a steady supply of power for Alaskan homes and cabins during blackouts as well as in times of disruption. Running these units is becoming more cost effective as natural gas and electric costs skyrocket across the Peninsula.
Gas and diesel powered electric generators offer great benefits when outages affect your home.
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Alaska's Rising Costs of Living Skyrocketing Upwards.
The cost of living in Alaska has risen to the point of many families resorting to wood stoves for heating and cooking especially in the bush and outling areas where incomes have dropped during this same time period of escalating energy prices.
Additional hydro-electric projects are being explored to supplement the current Bradley Lake Hydro-electric Project but these new resources are still many years away from producing their first watt of power.
Future of Alaska Alternative Energy Sources
The future of Alaska's Alternative Energy Sources remains uncertain although we are now seeing more interest in areas of wind, solar, and even go-thermal resources. Our reliance on natural gas and oil has enlightened us that this finite resource is quickly being consumed at a rate to where it is no longer able to meet demands.
Wind turbine generators have been proving themselves across Alaska from the Matsu Valley to the Eskimo village of Toksook Bay, Alaska located on the Bering Sea. The wind is a clean and plentiful source of energy in most areas of Alaska.
Understanding the need and possibilities, Ex-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and state lawmakers pledged $300 million over five years in renewable energy grants to utilities, independent power producers or local governments. It's a very substantial amount of money for a state with only 670,000 residents.
Wind, Solar, & Backup Generators.
Connecting your home to an alternative source of power requires some necessary precautions to be both safe and legal.
Connecting Generators to your home.
Don't connect your generator directly to your home's wiring. Connecting a portable generator directly to your household wiring is a recipe for disaster. A generator that is directly connected to your home's wiring can 'backfeed' onto the power lines connected to your home.
Utility transformers can then "step-up" or increase this backfeed to thousands of volts—enough to kill a utility lineman making outage repairs a long way from your house. You could also cause expensive damage to utility equipment and your generator.
Alaskans once cast a wary eye on anything associated with the environmental movements, but today this mentality of investing heavily in green power is disappearing, not so much to reduce carbons but more to save cash on daily living expenses.
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