Saturday, April 1, 2017
Associated Press (AP)
In order to provide a consistent electric supply to the Kenai Peninsula, Homer Electric Association has announced a proposal to construct a hydroelectric dam on Beaver Creek, a tributary of the Kenai River.
Lirpa Sloof, vice president of development for Homer Electric Association states, "we all know Southcentral Alaska has plenty of oil and natural gas to provide its residents. But, when the summer tourists arrive, the amount of electricity needed to power the recreation vehicle parks is at it's maximum. We need hydroelectric power to meet their needs."
Damn the Dams, co-founder Francis Estalilla says his organization will fight this proposal.
"Wrong dam, wrong place. Beaver Creek is too important to the Kenai River watershed. If the peninsula's power needs are not being met, they can run an extension cord all the way to my house in Washington State," said Estallila.
When asked for an interview about a power cord crossing their borders, Canada said, "no comment."
Public comment will be taken about the proposal up until midnight tonight, 4/1/17. Click here to comment and to read what others think of the dam proposal.
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