Noatak Switchgear Upgrade

This summer, the Noatak power plant will be upgraded with new switchgear. This new equipment will control the engines and is able to automatically switch which engine is running based on the load size to improve fuel efficiency. The new equipment will also include breakers that can automatically restore power more quickly after an outage and makes it possible to add renewable generation in the future Funding for this project came from the Denali Commission.

There is no barge service to Noatak, this piece of switchgear could not be laid down to fit in the plane. Photo by Barry Bryan