Heating and power generation
November 04, 2009
Samuel Bergeron has it right, however I am not so sure that Petersburg
and Wrangell, ahead of Ketchikan in this suggested heat form,
has already been doing this to a high degree. It may be that
the surplus power or the anticipated share of the Tyee power
for Ketchikan is reduced up by these two town's recent and ongoing
conversion activity to electrical heat.
I believe there is a factor available that would make this point
mute if given the full cooperation of the Two Dam Pool Association.
It is my understanding that Wrangell officials are involved with
British Columbia power officials in a effort to develop cost
analyses for bringing power lines down to the Bradfield Canal
It seems British Columbia resource
development would be enhanced if natural resources mined in British
Columbia could be delivered to the Bradfield for shipment by
deep water vessels. The byproduct of this activity would be the
incorporation of Tyee/Swan lake into the British Columbia power
grid where excess power, as available, would be sold in U.S.
Markets via the British Columbia power grid which extends throughout
British Columbia. In turn, the power cost from British Columbia
sources is touted to be a far less rate cost than that currently
resulting from the Two Dam hydro formula. Now then Mr.Bergeron's
suggestions would make even more sense for all three communities.(Maybe
around 4.5 cents?)
The underlying basis for this inquiry is an old Sykes logging
camp in the Bradfield Canal that has roads that end about 12
miles from British Columbia power source,and or the miles in
British Columbia to the connection is only a few miles more.
Power line development from this old logging camp to Tyee is
very doable and not a high cost investment to complete the hookup.
Understand, there is no disagreement with exploring potential
connections to Metlakatla excess power and the potential of a
Federal Indian Reservation's unlimited access to Federal funds
to expand their potential for revenue recovery, nor disagreement
with exploring the tapping of the lake above Swan Lake to enhance
the volume of Swan Lake. (Inclusion of a turbine to capture generation
while controlling volume?) of that source Nor incorporating potential
power from Mahoney or Short Bay sites. It remains that the British
Columbia power gird currently exist and the cost of access to
that vs.the other future options seems a no brainer.
Be advised that what I point out here is based on third hand
discussions. The details as I have shown are subject to clarification.
However, the concept of less expensive and abundant power from
an existing source,such as British Columbia surely appeals to
the discussion that Mr. Bergeron raises Not to leave out the
potential of hydro production for future industrial use.
Somewhere I have picked up information that there is 2000 megawatt
hydro potential in southeast where currently about 200 megawatts
are being generated. Some say that the market for electrical
power sales to the lower 48 could see real economical industrial
development of this asset as a cash cow for Southeast communities
or electrical pools, such as our Two Dam Pool, involved with
that development. Mr. Bergeron's observations touch only the
surface of that usage.
About: "Elder, pro development
advocate with many years residency. "
Received November 03, 2009
- Published November 02, 2009
Heat By Samuel Bergeron
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