About Us


IES formed in 2006, specifically to develop and apply renewable energy technology for Alaskan villages.

Ben May of IES with wind turbine crew in Kwigillingok.

Ben May of IES with wind turbine crew in Kwigillingok.

Our mission at IES is to create clean, efficient, community energy systems. This goal originates from its founder Dennis Meiners, who has spent 20 years working on alternatives to diesel generation in rural communities, the first ten years for the Alaska Energy Authority and the last ten concentrating on specialized wind-diesel and other integrated applications. In 8 years of operation, IES has gained recognition as a statewide and national leader in wind-diesel integration, microgrid deployment and technology innovation.

At IES, we don’t view village wind as an alternative energy source. We consider it a necessity for any community that relies on diesel fuel for power generation and heating. Therefore, IES strives to be the leading provider of design, construction and technical services for village wind-diesel systems in Alaska. We don’t believe any other company provides a similar level of hands on experience, technology and know-how for implementing high penetration wind-diesel systems in Alaska.

IES understands all too well that building a wind turbine won’t make any community sustainable. Sustainability requires working closely with each community to develop a shared understanding of what they are trying to accomplish and the necessary steps to fit the appropriate technology to a sustainable business case around those objectives. IES’ approach to project design and management focuses on community input and local workforce opportunities.

The importance of building a shared understanding with the community cannot be overemphasized. It is unlikely that any project will be successful without knowing who the people are and understanding what they are trying to accomplish. Similarly, as a basis for collaboration, we share our understanding of the technology, its challenges and successes and what we have learned from our previous experiences.

We build village and community wind-diesel systems that require a minimum of support while maximizing long term performance. Our experience in Alaska, our deep background in advanced wind-diesel technology, and knowledge of wind turbine technology gives us much to contribute. We see it as our duty to stay abreast of technologies and latest applications for village power and bring those innovations to the table when they are ready. Currently, we are developing projects with advanced diesel generators, energy storage, and grid regulation for higher wind penetration.

IES’ services include all aspects of project design and permitting, project management and execution, utility management services, technology innovation, coordination of workforce training, grant application and management, and administrative assistance.

The heart of what we do is work together with the community to map out a workable future that includes lower energy costs, reduced dependency on fossil fuels and a more sustainable utility.

Facilitating Sustainable Utility Conference

Facilitating Sustainable Utility Conference