Community-Driven Sustainable Energy – Galena Biomass Project Webinar 7/25/17

Galena community members are working to develop a biomass solution to reduce reliance on diesel and provide for economic development. Image from Sustainable Energy for Galena (SEGA).

Tim Kalke from Sustainable Energy for Galena will present on the innovative, community-driven project that utilizes biomass surrounding the Yukon River community.

A webinar will take place on Tuesday, July 25th, 2017 at 12:00 p.m.

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Abstract Excerpt:

“Increased costs have prompted the village of Galena, Alaska, to explore viable alternatives for energy production. Continued dependency on petroleum products will cause the community‚Äôs economic driving force, the Galena Interior Learning Academy (GILA), to face uncertain operability. A wood-fired boiler has been installed, replacing an antiquated diesel system. Collectively, several community entities formed a nonprofit organization, Sustainable Energy for Galena, Alaska, Inc. (SEGA), which is tasked to provide the required biomass material. The purpose of this presentation is to describe the unique socio-ecological conditions within the Galena Working Circle (GWC) and explore management strategies that strive to balance a wide range of local values… A well-organized fuel supply chain includes in-field drying, cost effective transportation and a chip processing, and a storage and handling scenario appropriate for extreme weather conditions. Compared to the status quo, use of the wood-boiler system will provide a cost savings of nearly 50% for the end consumer. Public involvement in the decision-making process is key to utilizing a local renewable fuel source and developing a plan that allows efficient delivery without compromising the quality of life present within a unique rural lifestyle.”

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