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PUBLISHED: 4:04 PM on Wednesday, September 19, 2007
New power plant dedicated at Elfin Cove
Representative Peggy Wilson joined the community of Elfin Cove in a ceremony to dedicate the new power plant in Elfin Cove.

The plant was named to recognize the contributions of Jim Lewis.

Lewis has been operating the community power plant for 22 years. The community turned out at a potluck to honor Lewis's efforts in support of the community.

Lewis has been the foundation of the community since his arrival in 1963.


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  Representative Peggy Wilson joined the community of Elfin Cove in a ceremony to dedicate the new power plant to Jim Lewis, who has been operating the plant for 22 years.
He has been the "go to" guy whenever anyone needed a hand, Lewis was there. Representative Wilson was most impressed with the strong sense of community that was evident in the event.

The power plant upgrade was made possible with a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The Alaska Energy Authority served as the primary contractor for the project. Phase two of the project will upgrade the distribution system.

The project should be complete by the end of 2007.

The community is developing plans for a renewable energy source utilizing hydroelectric generation. Elfin Cove is very proud of the way the community came together to make this project a resounding success.

Elfin Cove sits on the north shore of Chichagof Island, 70 miles west of Juneau and 33 miles west of Hoonah.

It is south across Cross Sound from Glacier Bay National Park.

Elfin Cove, population 50, is a fish-buying and supply center for fishermen.

Residents participate in commercial fishing, sport fishing and charter services. Thirty residents hold commercial fishing permits.

Summer lodges and local retail businesses also provide employment.


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