Cruise Ship Funds and Energy
By Rodney Dial
September 05, 2008
May I respectfully suggest that some of the Cruise Ship Tax
Proceeds that the local government is now recommending be spent
on art and beautification, be invested as follows:
Construction of an electrical distribution network that will
allow the cruise ships to plug-in to the grid while in port.
This will have many benefits for the community and cruise industry
Greatly reduced fuel consumption
Better local air quality
Revenue for KPU
This will also allow the cruise
industry to cut their operation costs and create an incentive
to stay in port longer.
I realize that we currently do not have the excess electrical
capacity to do this. However, when the Swan Lake intertie is
completed this becomes feasible. The time to start on this project
is now so that we can take advantage of this opportunity as soon
Until the intertie is on line local governments should be looking
for ways to immediately reduce electrical consumption to prepare
for this winter. Look into the installation of low wattage street
lights, 4/10 work weeks, energy saving appliances, etc.
The reality is that many locals are now switching from oil heat
to electrical and wood heat. Local governments should do what
they can to assure that the winter electrical demand is met by
the hydro facilities and not diesel generation. Many simply
can not afford another winter of the diesel surcharge .
About: "Concerned citizen"
Received September 03, 2008
- Published September 05, 2008
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