The hydro project’s proponents hope it will lower the cost of energy and bring the community one step closer to energy independence.
While installing solar panels has allowed some people and organizations in Kake to cut their energy bills, the impact on the local grid is more complicated.
A spending bill passed by the Legislature revives plans for a road north out of Juneau. The capital budget also funds a hydroproject in Kake and a fish hatchery near Petersburg.
A hydroelectric plant for a small Southeast Alaska community is a step closer to reality. Gov. Bill Walker included funding for Kake’s Gunnuk Creek project in his capital budget proposal.
A multimillion dollar dam in Kake would make it easier to bring renewable energy to the village. But the definition of “renewable” isn’t the same in everyone’s book.