Tag Archives: Blue Lake Dam Hydro Expansion Project

Legislature approves Blue Lake loan

Just before it gaveled out on Friday, five days late, the Alaska Legislature passed a bill of particular importance to Sitka: Senate Bill 99, which includes language authorizing the city to apply for a low-cost state loan to complete the Blue Lake dam hydroelectric project.

Blue Lake loan authorization in limbo

As state lawmakers extended their session past its Sunday deadline, one issue of particular importance to Sitka remained in limbo: a loan to complete the Blue Lake dam expansion.

Legislature to decide fate of Blue Lake loan

Sitka’s last chance to avoid another electric rate hike is in the hands of the Alaska House of Representatives this weekend. The city wants access to a low-cost loan to finance the final portion of the Blue Lake hydroelectric project. But first it needs the approval of the state legislature.

Cost overruns add up to a bigger bill for Blue Lake

Sitka’s Blue Lake Dam hydro expansion project will cost about $3.6-million more than expected. The total project -- not including new backup diesel generators -- was originally estimated to cost about $142-million. It is now up to about $145-million, Utility Director Chris Brewton told the Sitka assembly Tuesday night. Brewton later told KCAW that this is the only major cost overrun the project has seen so far.

Bump! in the dark blamed for Sitka power outage

Large parts of Sitka lost power for about a half-hour this evening (Thu 1-9-14), after a technician at the Blue Lake Hydro plant bumped his ladder against a control panel while changing light bulbs. Blue Lake operator Frank Rogers said the bump was just enough to cause a protective relay to open, isolating the Blue Lake switchyard from Sitka’s other main power source at the Green Lake plant.

Governor passes on Blue Lake ‘ask’

Blue_Lake_powerhouse_250The governor’s budget has a healthy chunk of money for Sitka -- but it’s not the money local officials were hoping for the most. City Hall had its fingers crossed for $18.5 million dollars to finish off the Blue Lake Hydro project.

Man injured at Blue Lake construction site

Blue Lake overflows its spillway in September. Work on raising the dam's height is scheduled to begin this week. (Photo: Ted Laufenberg)A man in his mid-50s was seriously injured on Wednesday (3/6/2013) afternoon at the Blue Lake Hydro Expansion project construction site.