Doyon proposes micro hydro plant for Denali Park
October 27, 2010
By Tim Mowry of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Doyon Ltd. wants to build a micro-hydroelectric project inside Denali National Park and Preserve to power Kantishna Roadhouse, a backcountry lodge the Fairbanks Native corporation owns 100 miles inside the park.
The National Park Service supports the project, and Alaska’s two U.S. senators, Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski, introduced legislation last month, the Kantishna Hills Renewable Energy Act of 2010, that would direct the park service to issue a special-use permit to speed construction of the project and authorizes a 10-acre land exchange between Doyon and the NPS.
Doyon is proposing to build the hydro project on Eureka Creek, a small fishless creek near the roadhouse in the non-wilderness section of the 6 million-acre park. The project would include a 50-kilowatt power plant, a small impoundment dam and a small pipeline to carry water. Doyon currently uses a diesel generator to power the roadhouse. Read more