Juneau utility completes hydro repairs

Posted: Wednesday, June 16, 2010

JUNEAU - Juneau's power company over the weekend finished repairs to its Lake Dorothy hydroelectric project.

The early cost estimate for the repair was just under $2 million but Alaska Electric, Light and Power spokesman Scott Willis says the actual cost may come in under that.

The project was shut down in March and Bart Lake drained to seal leaks at the lake.

Willis says it will take about 30 days to refill Bart Lake.

He says the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission wants the utility to refill the lake gradually and check for seepage through the lake's 34-foot-high dam.

The utility is proposing to the Regulatory Commission of Alaska a 22.5 percent rate hike and the cost of the Lake Dorothy project represents much of the proposed increase.

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