The Green Lake Hydro plant was shut down late Monday night (10-17-16) after a hydraulic ram failed. The 16.5 MW (megawatt) plant works in tandem with the Blue Lake Power plant to provide hydropower to Sitka.
Much of Sitka was without power Sunday night (5-15-16) after a car smashed into a utility pole at about 11 PM. The 2002 Honda Pilot hit the pole in the 1300-block of Sawmill Creek Road, more or less severing it.
After 53 years of continuous service, the turbines at Sitka’s Blue Lake Hydro plant are quiet. Walt Dangel, one of the original powerhouse operators at Blue Lake, threw the switches turning off the plant in a small decommissioning ceremony Monday morning (8-18-14). Dangel was assisted by Frank Rogers, Sitka’s senior plant operator. The two old turbines produce a combined 6 megawatts of power. They’re being replaced by three new turbines that will produce 16 megawatts.