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NEWS CCW Interim Managing Editor JUNEAU - Alaska Electric Light and Power predicts that enough hydropower will be generated this winter to meet the city's electric needs without resorting to the more costly backup diesel-generated power.

AEL&P: Backup diesel power shouldn't be necessary in 2009

AEL&P's Lake Dorothy hydroelectric plant, pictured during summer construction, is expected to increase Juneau's available energy by 20 percent. The project is slated to come online in October 2009. Unlike past years, AEL&P officials expect to make it through the upcoming winter without turning to costly backup diesel power, which has led to higher winter utility rates in the past. AEL&P Vice President Scott Willis said lake levels are high and Juneau is using about 8 percent less power compared to the same time period in 2007.
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AEL&P's Lake Dorothy hydroelectric plant, pictured during summer construction, is expected to increase Juneau's available energy by 20 percent. The project is slated to come online in October 2009. Unlike past years, AEL&P officials expect to make it through the upcoming winter without turning to costly backup diesel power, which has led to higher winter utility rates in the past. AEL&P Vice President Scott Willis said lake levels are high and Juneau is using about 8 percent less power compared to the same time period in 2007.
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