Welcome to Clean Green Kake  

Green Bear Country


Kake is a tribal village located in the SE Peninsula of Alaska. Like so many remote villages in Alaska it suffers from high unemployment (82%), a high cost of living with electricity costing 63c/KWh due to it being generated from diesel which has to be imported by water from Seattle 810 miles (1,300km) away, the high cost of winter heating and transport from using fossil fuels and the high cost of food which has to be imported from the lower 48 states.

Traditionally Native Americans in Alaska have relied on fishing and forestry for jobs and income. When the pulp mills in Ketchikan and Sitka closed in 1997 it left thousands in the forestry industry  out of work. With their forests consisting mainly of pulping wood the forests of SE Alaska including Kake were left stranded.

As oil climbed to above $100/bbl. the viability of running a cold store for the fishing fleet with electricity prices soaring, became impractical.

Kake also suffered a second calamity around the same time. A rogue attorney Fred Triem,engineered a class action against Kake Tribal Corporation using some of its own shareholders, with the principal aim of earning him 33.3% on all damages awarded by the court. The validity of this case has been debated for 23 years and the US federal Government has since changed the laws so that it could never happen again.

But, this was too late for the Kake Tribal Corporation and without the cash flow from their forests, Kake Tribal corporation had no option but to declare Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

In the 18 years since, Kake Tribal Corporation has been unable to complete the remainder of its bankruptcy settlement plan, because the rogue attorney had placed liens over all of their lands, and as a result they have been unable to borrow any money, start any new business or attract any investors.

In 2014, Global NRG Ltd a WTE (waste to energy), renewable energy and energy storage group, looking to deploy some of its technologies in Alaska, put a proposal to Kake Tribal Corporation to build a biowaste gasification power plant and wood pelleting plant in Kake using forestry waste.

The rogue attorney Fred Triem blocked the proposal hoping to force a payout by Global NRG of the remaining debt so that he could collect more of his outrageous 33.3% fee, but this time he picked a fight with the wrong opponent. Global NRG decided to fight him in court and get the liens removed.

After 2.5 years and a substantial outlay, the courts finally ruled in January 2016 that the liens were void and had to be removed. The attorney appealed, but Global NRG organized a collection of shareholders to petition the court to remove him as the class attorney and also the class representative, who had worked against the class's interests. The court again ruled in 2017 in our favor and remioved Fred Triem as the clas representative and Clifford Tagaban as the class representative.

What we are now going to demonstrate here at Kake in Alaska, through our Clean Green Kake program, is that not only Kake and other remote villages, but nations and areas around the world do not necessarily have to be disadvantaged by lack of fossil derived energy, because in almost every case they can use biomass, organic wastes, the ocean, wind and solar to create affordable  renewable energy.

The courts having now cleared the liens off their ANCSA land and Global NRG Ltd is embarking on a project to use the millions of tons of forestry lying on the forest floor and tons of annual fish waste to green Kake via renewable energy.

In Kake we will demonstrate that not only can an entire village or city survive without fossil fuels, but that the energy produced will actually be cheaper than or competitive with that derived from fossil fuels and that it will be self sustaining. Electricity presently costing 63/KWh will drop to around 12 /KWh, using forestry waste to make syngas and then to use it for generating electricity, while using pellet stoves and wood pellets will drop the cost of heating a home by around 70%.

Forestry waste is to be turned into charcoal, briquettes and wood pellets for heating, fish waste will be turned into biogas for cooking, heating, generating electricity and nitrogen rich fertilizer. Waste heat from the gasifiers, gensets and charcoal retorts will be used to heat green houses growing fresh organic produce and for heating for schools.

These products will be consumed locally, in Alaska and exported to the lower 48 states producing a dramatic reversal of fortunes in Kake and other villages in terms of income, a reduction in the cost of living, improve the health of its people, and at the same time provide many new business and job opportunities in an area where unemployment is presently 82%.

Our aim is to demonstrate that these technologies operating on a commercial scale can just as easily be applied to other areas of Alaska and the world to provide the same benefits, savings and results.

This is not an exercise just about climate change. It is about adapting practical solutions to problems created by remoteness,and absence of resources, where the benefits of using biomass, waste, the wind and the ocean are substantial, practical and provide many needed jobs that cannot be created unless these natural resources are harnessed.

The technologies being used in greening Kake and later other parts of Alaska are provided by Global NRG Ltd and are already operating at commercial levels in a number of countries around the world.

Come by and visit us sometime and see these technologies at work.

Kind regards  


Mike Bartlett
Clean Green Kake   

 Robert Mills
 Vice President
 Clean Green Kake