PUBLISHED: 1:48 PM on Wednesday, April 30, 2008
State agencies address Juneau power crisis
ANCHORAGE - Gov Sarah Palin announced April 22 multiple state agencies are working closely with Alaska Electric Light & Power (AEL&P) to assess the damage and develop a plan to recover hydropower in Juneau.Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Small Business Administration are traveling to Juneau to analyze the situation. Members of the governor's disaster policy cabinet will meet on Wednesday to discuss declaring a state disaster.Last week, a massive avalanche destroyed a transmission tower and more than a mile of the Snettisham Hydroelectric facility transmission line. The line, about 40 miles from downtown, connects hydropower to the Juneau service area. AEL&P is using diesel generators to supply power."Juneau residents have really stepped up to the plate," Governor Palin said. "Many families and businesses are taking some simple steps that will help keep costs down by reducing energy use as repairs get underway."