The Juneau Assembly will consider a resolution expressing support for electric power to the end of Glacier Highway at a special meeting on Wednesday.
A draft of the resolution was posted to the city’s website Monday afternoon. It mentions the economic benefits of electric power to residents and property owners in the area. It also says extending hydroelectric power to the end of the road would reduce carbon emissions and make the area more attractive to future housing development.
It does not mention potential benefits to the Kensington Mine and other mining development in the area, or the State of Alaska’s Juneau Access project.
This will be the public’s first and possibly only chance to comment on the resolution. The idea came out of discussions at two Assembly retreats, where public input was not allowed.
Members are trying to act fast, so Governor Sean Parnell can consider putting funding for a project in his state budgets for next fiscal year.
The special meeting will be held Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall Assembly Chambers. It will be immediately followed by the Assembly Finance Committee meeting.
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