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Re: Over the Horizon
By Alan R. (Rudy) McGillvray


March 09, 2009

Well, as I said before, we have many more ridges that the wind blows across than we do lakes that drain into our inland waterways. Also, we have many more inland waterways that have a lot of tidal action. Both may be used to generate electricity, and in the case of wind-power, could be online before the permitting process for a new expensive dam is even read by the permitting authority.

There are two ridges that come to mind immediately: the long ridge above the airport, and the ridge that stretches almost from the Third Ave. bypass to behind Ketchikan Lakes, on the left side of Lakes Valley looking at town from Tongass Narrows.

Both sites are close to town and power transmission lines. I can visualize Vertical Axis Wind Powered Electricity Generators lining both ridges. Ten machines of the ones I am speaking of would generate approximately 12 MW. The setup time would be minimal compared to a dam and generator project.

Yours in cheaper, faster, electricity,

Alan R. (Rudy) McGillvray
Ketchikan, AK

About: " Long time Ketchikan Resident, off and on since 1952"

Received March 09, 2009 - Published March 09, 2009


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