$21 million invested at Humpback Creek 

By Jennifer Gibbins of the Cordova Times: Departing from the Cordova harbor via charter vessel, approximately 100 guests headed out to the Cordova Humpback Creek hydro facility for a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony on June 11, the culmination of a five-year, $21 million rebuild effort.

The project was necessary following two floods in 2006 that wiped out the existing hydro facility and was made possible in part with $8 million in Alaska Renewable Energy Grant funding established by Rep. Bill Thomas, R-Haines, and former Rep. John Harris, R-Valdez.

Thomas was honored with dedication of the facility in his name. Guests included Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, Sen. John Coghill and Reps. Bill Thomas and Charisse Millet.

“The board of the Cordova Electric Cooperative has been committed to developing hydro electric energy since the cooperative was formed over 30 years ago, ” said Hap Symmonds, chairman of Cordova Electric Cooperative. “Building in a remote coastal community is a challenge to say the least, but every triumph has a champion and for Cordova hyrdo projects, it has been Rep. Bill Thomas,” said Symmonds. Read more

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