AEL&P: Diesel costs for power outage won't affect bills

Posted: Thursday, October 14, 2010

Downed trees from Tuesday's windstorm left their mark in the city, even cutting off power. Still, Alaska Electric Light & Power says that won't affect customers' bills.

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Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
Michael Penn / Juneau Empire

AEL&P president and general manager Tim McLeod said the tree that fell on power lines along Channel Vista Drive near the retaining wall on Egan Drive only required diesel power to be delivered for less than two hours until the trees were cleared. He said diesel power was only used for the northern portion of Juneau.

"The Valley and everything north was served on diesel because all hydro projects are on the south end of the fault," he said.

He added, "Hydro was still providing power to downtown and Douglas."

McLeod said the use of diesel between Tuesday and last week's blackout will not be reflected on customers' bills. He said because it was such a small amount of diesel in both cases, the cost will be recovered over the next several months through the company's emergency cost-of-power adjustment (ECOPA).

He explained that revenue generated from sales to Princess Cruises are credited to customers through ECOPA.

The winds blew over several other trees throughout the city.

One was in the playground of the Taashuka Head Start at Faith Lutheran Church on Sunset Drive. Lead teacher Marrisa Peterson it was a 55-foot oak that was planted in the playground.

Peterson said that no one was hurt by the tree. None of the children were at the church and the staff were all inside cleaning at the time.

"We were kind of shocked because I've been here three years and that tree's always been standing tall," she said.

Peterson said the tree was still there Wednesday afternoon and didn't know when it will be moved.

A large mountain ash tree was also down in Evergreen Cemetery. The city is responsible for the cemetery's maintenance.

Another tree was down at a residence on Heron Way. The owner, Norman Purvis, said he was gone when the spruce tree broke, hitting his porch.

He said the tree appeared to be about 2 feet in diameter where it broke off and the top end that broke when it hit the porch was about 8 inches in diameter.

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