Cordova Electric Cooperative Continues to Optimize their Remote Microgrid

Cordova Electric Cooperative (CEC) just optimized the remote microgrid they developed and implemented to power the town of Cordova back in 1907. This remote community is not connected by roads or electricity to surrounding communities. They have a population of 2,300 residents in the winter time. The population boom during their thriving fishing season, putting triple the strain on the electricity demands.

CEC decided to address this issue by developing a hydropower facility with power lines running below ground and invested in energy storage. With these methods, they hoped to reduce power outages due to inclimate weather and line contacts and produce effective and reliable electricity even in the busiest of seasons. CEC knew they could improve this design and implemented a battery energy storage system (BESS) to regulate the electrical system and maximize the use of the locally produced electricity. The use of BESS will help to reduce dependence on diesel, propelling Cordova towards their sustainability goals.

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