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First wind turbines on Galapagos Islands will halve diesel imports, reduce risk of future oil spills
Date:2/18/2008

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The San Cristobal projects primary objectives:

  • Reduce the risk of oil spills associated with the transport and delivery of fuel to the island;
  • Reduce air pollution and greenhouse gases caused by burning fossil fuels;
  • Contribute to the protection of the regions unique biodiversity.

On a larger scale, the project is an example of multilateral collaboration for climate change mitigation and a showcase for the global promotion of small-scale renewable energy power generation and distribution systems in remote areas.

While replacing noisy, polluting diesel generators with clean, renewable wind power would seem a natural development for the worlds most famous ecological site, the journey from feasibility study to construction and completion was anything but straightforward.

Lead company in the projects development, funding and implementation was American Electric Power, which provided about half of the $10.8 million funding. Some $3.2 million was provided by Ecuador and $1 million from the United Nations Foundation, coupled with contributions from the UNDP and other sources. A trust has been established to facilitate the systems ongoing training, maintenance and operation, and eventual removal.

From day one, the overriding concern was the need to protect this invaluable place and its incredible biodiversity, says Michael G. Morris, CEO of AEP. The e8 team approached this work with a level of caution akin to the curators responsible for da Vincis Mona Lisa or Michelangelos David.

AEP project team leader Paul Loeffelman says the lengthy feasibility study undertaken to address institutional, financial and environmental questions identified when e8 accepted the project was primarily a result of extensive monitoring and studies of the Galapagos Petrel that nests on the island.

Protecting the Petrel

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Contact: Terry Collins
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