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Red Dog Mine and Selawik areas. Maniilaq Association and other team members are developing a
concept entitled the "Dark Fiber" project that involves development of stranded natural gas deposits in the
Selawik area. Components of concept will be included in the regional energy plan as it includes intertie
development. There is current analysis and activity associated with natural gas development.
Cogeneration options have been identified for Shungnak, Deering, and Noatak. There are likely other co-
generation (combined heat and power) other options possible in the NANA Region, which further
feasibility studies will help identify.
A review of the diesel system efficiencies for the region has been undertaken, resulting in new gen-sets in
Selawik only. All other communities, aside from Selawik, would benefit with improved efficiencies.
Proactive and community-wide end-use energy efficiency measures have been reviewed for the region,
including building energy audits, weatherization and insulation, lighting and heating upgrades, and diesel
generator efficiency. At the energy summit, leaders in energy efficiency were available to provide
information on energy efficiency and conservation to community members.
Wind diesel project concepts have been developed for Buckland, Deering, and Noorvik. Met towers have
been installed as of July 2008 for a year long data collection. C/b at this time can only be considered
preliminary; until data has been fully collected for the desired time-frame. Wind development concepts
are being considered for both Ambler and Kiana. Met towers are being sought for both Ambler and
Kiana. A grant application submitted to the Alaska Energy Authority in October 2008 for wind-diesel
project construction funding for Buckland, Deering, and Noorvik was recommended to the state
legislature for funding.
A pre-feasibility review of biomass has been conducted, resulting in identified biomass potential for the
Amber/Kobuk/Shungnak area and possibly Noorvik, Kiana, and Selawik. Biomass energy expert Dr. Bill
Wall is prepared a biomass prefeasibility study for the NANA region, after community visits to the Upper
Kobuk region during summer 2008. A grant application submitted to the Alaska Energy Authority in
October 2008 for wood biomass energy resource development for the Upper Kobuk region was
recommended to the state legislature for funding.
A pre-feasibility evaluation has identified geothermal energy potential for the Deering/Buckland area-
Granite Mountain area, as well as Division hot springs south of the Shungnak-Kobuk area. Geothermal
development around Kotzebue has been deemed unfeasible. Additional feasibility analysis is currently
underway, and a "phase 1" report of geothermal energy potential for the NANA region has been
completed. Site visits to Deering, Buckland, and Kotzebue have been undertaken to discuss geothermal
potential in these targeted communities. Aside from the Granite Mountain and Division hot springs areas,
there are no other reasonable and feasible options for geothermal development in the area without
substantial investment in transmission infrastructure. At present, planning is underway for geophysical
exploration activities near Buckland and Kotzebue. These activities may include analysis of remote
sensing data, soil geochemical surveys, and ground-based geophysical surveys.
Red Dog Mine, an existing mining operation in the region, NovaGold, and Mantra Mining are the primary
commercial interests that could benefit and are potentially be interested in co-development of energy &
power in the region. Preliminary discussions with both Teck Cominco (operator of the Red Dog Mine)
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Hermanson, Jay & Yanity, Brian. NANA Strategic Energy Plan & Energy Options Analysis, report, December 31, 2008; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc928517/m1/3/: accessed October 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.