Warm temperatures and abundant
sunshine have provided ample opportunity for fun and recreation for many in Alaska this summer. Dry weather
conditions have also caused forest fires in some parts of the state. For Kodiak
Electric Association, the lack of rain and warm temperatures are causing a
different type of concern. KMXT's Erik Wander has more.
One person who is admittedly
enjoying the unusually warm and sunny weather this summer is Darron Scott.
However, in his role as CEO of Kodiak Electric Association, he also admits the
weather has him somewhat concerned. He said the lack of snow he noticed on a
visit to KEA's Terror
Lake hydroelectric facility
last week was troubling. He described Terror Lake's
"bread and butter" as rainfall and snow-melt.
1 26 sec. "May and June, early July ... right
to the lake itself.")
said current water levels at the lake are acceptable, but that projections for
the next few months are not looking nearly as good as they should at this time
2 21 sec. "We actually started the summer
... augment the lake level.")
said that in fact a larger percentage of KEA's load will be from diesel over
the next few months as a consequence of the limited rainfall. Just how large
that percentage will be depends on how much it rains in the near future.
3 15 sec. "If we got some of the good
... later on down the road.")
contrast, Scott said Tuesday that testing of the three wind turbines atop Pillar Mountain
is going very well. He said however that there was a period of a few days
recently when KEA was concerned about that facility as well.
4 19 sec. "We weren't getting much ... and all three making power.")
Scott said he expects
testing on the wind project to be complete toward the end of this month, and
the turbines to be fully operational and online sometime in August. Meanwhile,
he said he looks forward to seeing some summer rain soon, hopefully.