Helps eligible utilities improve the efficiency, safety and reliability of their power systems and helps reduce the risk and severity of emergency conditions, by providing:
| Remote Monitoring
| Community Assistance
| On-site Assistance
The program does not provide funding for major repairs or reconstruction of utility systems. Local knowledge and proper maintenance and operations of the powerhouse provides generation reliability. There is no charge to the utility for these services.
AEA Air Quality Compliance Study - The Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) contracted through a competitive bid process with Gray Stassel Engineering, Inc. to prepare an Air Quality Compliance study. The purpose of this Study is to compile and evaluate EPA air quality regulations that apply to diesel engines in stationary prime power applications in remote areas of Alaska. Diesel generation provides nearly 90% of all electricity in rural Alaska. Due to the immensity and complexity of EPA air quality rules, this Study focused primarily on diesel engines less than 800 horse power (550 kW electric prime power), located in rural Alaska utilities that consume less than 330,900-gallons of diesel/year. This classification applies to more than 500 prime power diesel gensets located in over 170 communities located in remote areas of Alaska.
The study effort consisted of three tasks:
review current EPA air quality regulations
obtain available information on final Tier 4 engines in prime power applications
prepare a report that summarizes the information obtained and provide a matrix of pertinent regulations and how they apply to engines in prime power applications
The study can provide assistance with selecting a replacement, repowering or rebuilding a diesel engine on a prime power generator set. It also provides regulatory guidance on the type diesel fuel required and the operation and maintenance required by regulation
Circuit Rider Maintenance Program Application
| Demonstrated need for assistance with operations maintenance and utility training
| Communities with a population of less than 2000
| Power plant operator and/or utility staff must be available for training and consultation during the time of the visit
| Power plant operators must maintain written performance logs between visits
| Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems must be available
Circuit rider assistance may include one or more visits to the community whose utility is selected to receive assistance or it may be limited to assistance provided telephonically or by electronic mail. The circuit rider assistance to be provided will be determined based on the authority's assessment, in consultation with the utility, of the utility's major needs and the authority's ability to provide assistance for those needs. Assistance that the authority may provide includes review of and recommendations to improve the system condition and system operations and maintenance, training utility personnel, and performing, or assisting utility personnel in their performance of, minor maintenance and repairs.
Circuit Rider Program Fact Sheet
For more information contact
Alan Fetters, AEA Rural Assistance Manager