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JUNEAU - Alaska Electric Light & Power Co. announced Tuesday there is sufficient water at Long and Crater lakes at the Snettisham hydroelectric project for the utility to begin supplying surplus power to Princess Cruise Lines this week.
"Our reservoir operations model is showing a near 100 percent chance of spilling water this fall," said Scott Willis, vice president of generation for AEL&P. "The lake levels are higher than they were at this time last year.
"We would rather sell surplus power today and rebate the money to AEL&P customers than spill the water when it is not needed this fall," Willis said.
AEL&P began selling surplus hydropower in 2001 to Princess Cruise Lines ships docking in Juneau.
All of the revenue from surplus power sales to Princess ships is rebated back to AEL&P customers, Willis said.
AEL&P has two other classes of surplus energy customers. AEL&P began reconnecting customers on its dual-fuel program two weeks ago. This program is for customers who can switch back and forth between electricity and diesel fuel for their heating systems.
The other surplus energy customer, the Greens Creek Mine on Admiralty Island, is still not connected.