Senators introduce legislation setting stage for sale of power plants

Posted: Tuesday, April 18, 2000

KODIAK (AP) -- Alaska Sens. Ted Stevens and Frank Murkowski have introduced legislation to fund a $77 million transmission line that sets the stage for selling the Four Dam Pool.

The move comes days after Gov. Tony Knowles and members of the Four Dam Pool struck a deal establishing an endowment to subsidize power to villages and set terms for the sale of the four hydroelectric plants, including construction of the transmission line.

Known as the Southeast Intertie, the transmission line will tie two hydroelectric projects, Swan Lake in Ketchikan, and Tyee Lake which serves Petersburg and Wrangell. The intertie will be part of a power grid eventually connecting Metlakatla, Sitka, Kake, Juneau, Skagway, Angoon, Tenakee Springs, Hoonah, Haines and all of Prince of Wales Island, according to a press release from Stevens and Murkowski.

Construction of the intertie is key because it allows Kodiak Electric Association (KEA) to become independent of the Four Dam Pool and cut electric rates in Kodiak, says KEA general manager Darron Scott.

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