Circuit Rider

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  • Bulk Fuel Operator Handbooks
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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 Training
 Community Assistance Technical Consultation
 On-site Assistance Minor Repair


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
Tel: 907-771-3063 
Fax: 907-771-3044

AEA Rural Bulk Fuel Facilities Operator Handbook - The information included in AEA's Rural Bulk Fuel Facilities Operator Handbook expands on, and includes material directly from the Aboveground Storage Tank Operator Handbook, Third Edition prepared by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. The purpose of this handbook is to provide operators of Aboveground Storage Tanks (AST) bulk fuel facilities a guidebook and reference manual that describes basic operation procedures for a typical rural community bulk fuel facility. Throughout the handbook are photographs, easy-to-follow diagrams and definitions for major pieces of equipment found in bulk fuel facilities throughout Alaska. The basic operation of the major equipment is described along with the required routine checks and maintenance for the equipment. Links to online resources in the text can be accessed when viewing this manual electronically.

ADEC Above ground Storage Tank Operator Handbook -Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Above ground Storage Tank Handbook. This handbook is designed for Aboveground Storage Tank (AST) operators and should be used as a guidebook as well as a reference manual.