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Plug In To Shore Power
By Steve Smeltzer


April 17, 2006

I'm not sure where Carrie gets her info.  In Juneau, as far as I know, the Princess dock is the only one with shore power.  The infrastructure was paid for by Princess to AEL&P, on a voluntary basis, to keep some of the pollution down.  Most of the other ships run their generators while in port.

I agree this is a good idea, as it puts some more tourist money into city coffers, and keeps some of the smoke out of the air.  Not sure what other cruise lines will buy into this scheme.  Question is does KPU have enough electricity to feed 3 or 4 monstrous ships?  This may be a good idea, but I have a feeling it will go the way of the dockside cruise ship sewer dump that never worked out for Ketchikan.

Unfortunately we will be getting your 100,000 extra cruise passengers this year.  But at $5.00 a head, it's a living. 

Steve Smeltzer
Juneau, AK - USA

About: Steve Smeltzer lived off and on for 50 years in Ketchikan. He now resides in Juneau.

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