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ARRA to Fund Wind Generation on Izembek and Alaska Peninsula Refuges


Anchorage, AK - Secretary Salazar announced today that work is underway to
install electricity-generating wind turbines on Izembek and Alaska
Peninsula National Wildlife Refuges. Funded by approximately $3.4 million
provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), this project
represents the largest ARRA investment in Alaska.

When complete, the project will consist of eleven innovative vertical wind
turbines, seven of which will provide power to U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service facilities in Cold Bay and four which will be installed in King
Salmon. Configured to minimize bird-strike hazards (the vertical turbines
appear as solid objects to birds, which avoid them), the power generators
were designed and will be installed by Marsh Creek LLC, of Anchorage,
Alaska. The Gale Vertical Access Wind Turbines were built by the Tangere’
company of Flagtown, New Jersey, and 62% of all of the parts used in their
construction were manufactured in America.

“These innovative wind turbines demonstrate a creative and effective use of
ARRA resources,” said Secretary Salazar. “They will increase the energy
independence at these two U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service facilities and
lower pollution; and are specifically designed to reduce the risk to
migratory birds.”

The wind hybrid systems will combine wind turbine(s) with the facilities’
electrical usage and thermal needs to obtain a maximum contribution from
the intermittent local wind resources while providing continuous high
quality electric power and reducing fuel and electrical-grid energy
consumption by the two facilities. When fully operational the wind turbines
are expected to generate 35 Kw. of wind capacity at Cold Bay and 20 Kw. at
King Salmon.

The current list of the Service’s ARRA projects can be found at the
following link:

The ARRA funds represent an important component of the President's plan to
jumpstart the economy and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected
challenges so the country can thrive in the 21st century. Under the ARRA,
Interior is making an investment in conserving America's timeless treasures
– our stunning natural landscapes, our monuments to liberty, the icons of
our culture and heritage – while helping American families and their
communities prosper again. Interior is also focusing on renewable energy
projects, the needs of American Indians, employing youth and promoting
community service.

“With its investments of Recovery Act funds, the Department of the Interior
and its bureaus are putting people to work today to make improvements that
will benefit the environment and the region for many years to come,”
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said.

Secretary Salazar has pledged unprecedented levels of transparency and
accountability in the implementation of the Department’s economic recovery
projects. The public will be able to follow the progress of each project on
www.recovery.gov and on www.interior.gov/recovery. Secretary Salazar has
appointed a Senior Advisor for Economic Recovery, Chris Henderson, and an
Interior Economic Recovery Task Force to work closely with Interior’s
Inspector General and ensure the recovery program is meeting the high
standards for accountability, responsibility, and transparency set by
President Obama.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to
conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for
the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and
trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific
excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated
professionals and commitment to public service. For questions, comments or
concerns email us at recoveryact@fws.gov. For more information on our work
and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.
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