Nushagak Cooperative's contentious hydroelectric project could lower high energy costs and tap into clean, renewable energy. But it would be built next to one of the region’s main salmon rivers in the nation’s largest state park.
House Bill 99, introduced to the House last month, would make a small change to the Wood-Tikchik State Park management plan. That change could have significant consequences for energy production in Bristol Bay.
A hike in some residential electricity bills for January was not due to a rate raise or a billing error. Instead, it was because the co-op underestimated December's electricity usage; the additional costs were added to January's bills. And it all started with a glitch in the co-op's automatic meter read system.
The local electric cooperative for the Dillingham area is seeking public comments on a proposed rate increase that is scheduled to take effect in mid-June. A number of factors have come together to negatively impact the financial position of the Nushagak Cooperative. Those factors include a downturn in sales due to the unseasonable warm winter and the short seafood processing season that the region experienced last year.
For many years the staff and Board of Directors for the Nushagak Cooperative have been trying to identify renewable energy projects that could be developed in the Dillingham area. So far those efforts have not resulted in a suitable project being found. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.
This winter has been unseasonably warm in the Bristol Bay region despite the cold snap that hit the region earlier this month. The unseasonably warm winter has resulted in lower heating costs for most residents and businesses. However, the warm winter is concerning to officials with the local electricity provider for the Dillingham area.
The local electric cooperative that serves the Dillingham area is giving up on a long-anticipated project to develop a couple of hydroelectric projects within the largest state park in the Nation. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.
The local electric utility for the Dillingham area will have to wait until early next month to receive the fall shipment of fuel. The Nushagak Cooperative supplies electricity to the Dillingham area by operating several diesel powered generators.