Toksook Bay is one of three villages located on Nelson Island, which lies 115 miles northwest of Bethel. It is on Kangirlvar Bay across the water from Nunivak Island. Tununak is about 8 miles to the northwest. The area has been inhabited and utilized by Yup’ik Eskimos for thousands of years. Toksook Bay was established in 1964 along the Tuqsuk River by residents of Nightmute. Cyril Chanar, Tom Sunny and Nasgauq Tangkaq were the earliest inhabitants.Toksook Bay was settled to be more accessible to the annual freighter ship, The North Star. The City was incorporated in 1972.
Thanks to funding assistance received from the Denali Commission and Coastal Villages Region Fund, Toksook Bay has a new bulk fuel tank farm; an automated, fuel-efficient power plant; and four Northwind 100 wind turbines with a generating capacity of 400 kW. An electric tieline was built between Toksook Bay and the communities of Tununak and Nightmute. This allowed AVEC to realize substantial cost savings by being able to shut down the old power plants in both Tununak and Nightmute. This tieline allows all three communities to reap the benefit of reduced diesel fuel costs on their electric bills when the wind turbines generate electric power.
New power plant, tank farm and one wind turbine
Old bulk fuel tank farm
New Northwind 100 turbines