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Hydro Project on Schedule but Questions Remain
Contractors are on schedule to complete an expansion of the Whitman Lake hydroelectric project in Ketchikan by July.
KETCHIKAN- Contractors are on schedule to complete an expansion of the Whitman Lake hydroelectric project in Ketchikan by July.
It's been almost 90 years since workers built a dam at Whitman Lake to supply electricity to the New England Fish Co.
The city-owned Ketchikan Public Utilities hopes the expanded project will provide up to 16 million kilowatt hours of electricity a year to all of Ketchikan.
Officials are still trying to determine how the expansion will mesh with a sales agreement now in place with the Southeast Alaska Power Agency.
The agreement states Ketchikan, Wrangell and Petersburg must buy all available power from the agency's grid before receiving power from other sources, such as Whitman Lake.
One option if for the power agency to take over the project.