Kodiak Cooperative Votes to Buy Backup Generator

Kodiak's electric cooperative is taking steps to provide reserve power.

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by Associated Press

KODIAK- Kodiak's electric cooperative is taking steps to provide reserve power.

 

The Kodiak Electric Association board has authorized borrowing up to $10 million to buy a new 4.4 megawatt emergency diesel generator.

 

The equipment would be turned on if power is down from the Terror Lake hydroelectric power plant and a current backup diesel generator.

 

Chief executive officer Darron Scott says he hopes to never turn the new equipment on except for testing but that it could be used if demand grows.

 

The new generator will be ordered later this year. A building to put it in will be built next summer.

 

Scott says he anticipates borrowing $7 million and paying off the rest of the $10 million project with reserve money.