Energy Solutions in a Time
By Albert K. White
October 04, 2008
For over 15 years there has been a private entity looking to
partner to help meet KGB and Ketchikan's Energy needs. This alternative
energy source would have allowed for back-up energy should it
be needed in the future.
About 8 years ago the private entity who controlled the land
capable of supplementing the communities need tried to work together
with the government controlled monopoly to meet the need for
energy in the community until the Swan Tyee Inter-tie came into
It was evident that diesel generation was not a cost effective
fall back. This new alternative energy source was viewed as a
win/win for all in the community. The calculated savings would
have been close to 30 million over 10 years allowing the inter-tie
to become a reality.
There was only one problem... Elected officials chose not to
partner because they could do it themselves at your cost. We
still have some those officials and managment working today.
Well here we are today, underfunded for the inter-tie, short
on energy production, and paying all time highs for diesel fuel.
To top it off it has been determined that even when the inter-tie
is finished it will not provide sufficient energy in the future.
Why you ask, well fuel is at an all time high and residents in
KGB and Ketchikan are switching over to electric heat from diesel.
Now demand will surley be higher than supply and you know what
that means, another rate hike.
The sad thing is all the residents who pay an electric bill now
would have been paying a lot less had elected officials found
a way to partner with this alternitive energy source 8 years
ago to make it work for you. We would have been ahead of the
game, the Inter-tie would be complete, and energy wouldn't be
such a major issue.
It's time residents in Ketchikan and KGB hold the elected officals
feet to the fire and elect someone who is future focused and
working for your "Real Benefit." There is no reason
we should be paying high energy bills today or footing high costs
because the government wants to controll your energy needs.
If your wondering what energy source i'm talking about it's Mahoney
Lake; Mahoney Lake is capible of providing enough hydro-electricity
to replace deisel and meet future needs, ultimatley bringing
costs down. The ones willing to work together for the entire
community is Cape Fox Corporation.
Those canidates interested in making a real impact in the community
for the constituents to which you will serve I have a challenge
for you. Here is my challenge see how many community residents
are tired of paying high energy costs and are looking for a break.
You just might find that energy is gonna be the issue on everyones
Those voters seeking energy solutions let canidates & elected
officials know we have options here and now solutions that will
power the community with sufficant energy along side the Swan
Tyee Intertie. Remember The interie is not enough, diesel is
burning as we speak and costs continue to rise.
Together we can all prosper; United we stand, divided we fall.
It's time we all let the canidates know energy solutions are
critical and there are opportunities waiting to help.
Albert K. White
About: "Past Vice-Mayor
Saxman City Council, Vice-President Saxman I.R.A., Current Chairman
Cape Fox Corporation.
This is my personal opinion from knowledge I have gained over
the years while trying to help provide real solutions to the
Received October 01, 2008 -
Published October 04, 2008
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