Project Description: Bristol Bay Native Corporation (BBNC) is working with Deerstone Consulting and Woven Energy through a BIA Tribal Energy Development Capacity Grant to define organizational options to form a regional energy collaborative to provide better and lower cost centralized services to Tribal communities and electric utilities in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska. This team, working in conjunction with a Steering Committee made up of Bristol Bay stakeholders, is working to define obvious opportunities for collaboration, reliability improvements, and/or potential cost savings between utilities in the region and to develop a pilot project with 3-4 electric utilities in the region to demonstrate the benefits of collaboration.
People/Organizations responsible for completing these steps: Bristol Bay Native Corporation, Stakeholder Entities (potentially, BBNA, BBEDC, Lake & Peninsula Borough, Bristol Bay Borough, City of Dillingham), Consultant team, Large Utility Stakeholders (Nushagak Electric Cooperative, Naknek Electric Association, INN Electric Cooperative, AVEC), Electric Utility Participants (To Be Identified)
Costs: Initial TEDC Grant Phase is $99,000. Subsequent funding will be needed for the pilot project and beyond.
Timeline: Initial TEDC Grant Cycle runs until April 2022. Next funding cycle, assuming additional funding is received, will run through 2023. Objective is to make the collaborative entity a permanent, stand-alone entity.
Funding Partners: BBNC, BIA Tribal Energy Development Capacity Grant Program
- Participating utilities can deliver power to customers less expensively.
- Electricity service improved and/or more reliable.
- Administrative functions of the participating utilities improved, e.g., more reliable collections, PCE reporting improved.
- Workforce development at the participating utility improved, e.g., more jobs retained locally, more training available, better wages provided.
- The physical assets of the utility improved and better maintained.
- Electric utility capacity increases and it is positioned to consider renewable sources of power and to apply for necessary funding.
Key Project Contact:
Name: Daniel Cheyette
Title: VP Lands & Resources
Organization: Bristol Bay Native Corporation