Alaska Co-op Rebuilds Hydro Plant
July 6, 2011
Facility washed away by 2006 flood better than ever
By Derrill Holly for ECT, July 5, 2011
Nearly five years after flash flooding ripped a co-op-owned hydroelectric project away from the banks of an Alaska creek, a larger, more efficient facility is producing electricity for its consumer-members.
The Humpback Creek Hydroelectric Project is expected to meet up to 20 percent of Cordova Electric Cooperative’s seasonal demand. That capacity, combined with the co-op’s Power Creek hydroelectric facility, will boost overall hydroelectric capacity to 80 percent of the co-op’s load.
“This is a $21 million investment for our co-op, but it is expected to offset the need for 370,000 gallons of diesel fuel a year,” said Clay Koplin, CEO of the Cordova-based co-op. “This is energy that is generated in Cordova and is not subject to market fluctuations and barge logistics.”