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Snettisham line repaired, Juneau back on Hydro Power

Posted: November 26, 2011 - 6:26pm  |  Updated: November 27, 2011 - 1:11am

Juneau’s link to hydroelectric power is back and the diesel generators are off thanks to power company repair crews.

Damage to a transmission line allowed for a short circuit that took out power for about an hour in some neighborhoods on Thanksgiving morning before backup generators were fired-up to keep the holiday lights on.

“The line crew got a break in the weather and went after the job today,” said Scott Willis, of Alaska Electric Light & Power, said Saturday. “The completed repairs to the line and Snettisham power was restored to town around 2:30 p.m. (Saturday). The last diesel generator was shut off about 20 minutes later. Our system is back to normal, we are back to 100 percent hydro power, and our interruptible customers, Greens Creek and the dual-fuel customers are back in service.”

The utility is still calculating the cost of burning diesel.

“On Monday we’ll get an estimate of how much we spent for diesel fuel during this outage and how that will affect rates in January,” Willis said.

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