Earlier this week
the Wrangell assembly voted 4-to-3 against divesting itself of the Four
Dam Pool, throwing the break up of the shared utility into flux. The Four Dam
Pool owns Terror Lake, here on Kodiak Island, and Kodiak Electric Association
would like to acquire it.
Anderson is on the KEA board:
-- (Four Dam 1 41 sec "Where
we're at ... will go under way.")
Wrangell assembly members were concerned that in the wake of the break up,
Ketchikan would wield too much power in the resulting two-dam pool serving
those two cities and Petersburg.
said he thought the differences could be fixed, and he doesn't blame Wrangell
for wanting to protect its rate payers and constituents:
-- (Four Dam 2 29 sec "Everyone
has interests ... the best for each entity.")
Electric would like ownership of the Terror Lake hydro plant to better meld
with the wind turbines going up next summer. Currently KEA is required to give
preference to using electricity from Terror Lake before any other method. Since
it is a steadier source of power than windmills, KEA would like to use Terror
Lake as the back up to the new turbines.
-- (Four Dam 3 21 sec "That's
part of the issue ... to acquire the project.")
Wrangell Assembly will meet again on Monday afternoon to reconsider the vote to
break up the Four Dam Pool.