At KEA’s Annual Membership Meeting on April 20, 2015, prize drawings included two round-trips for two to the Terror Lake Hydroelectric Project. Mother Nature intervened with daunting weather conditions on the scheduled trip day of September 9, 2015, so the trip was rescheduled to September 17, 2015. Prize Winner Sam Chelmo invited Ken Reinke, and Prize Winner Mary Morris was unable to make the trip, so Ted Goossen and Shelby Pruitt joined the group. Lloyd Shanley, KEA’s Manager of Power Generation, and Ron Sternberg, Maintenance Operator/Electrician at Terror Lake, were their tour guides to provide a thorough understanding of the hydro project.
The travelers enjoyed a scenic flight to beautiful Kizhuyak Bay near the jetty of the Terror Lake Project, and toured the powerhouse, hydroelectric generators, tailrace channel, steel penstock, diversion structures, dam, and reservoir. They saw firsthand where the water resources come from, and how the water supplies renewable energy for Kodiak communities. They also learned how the Terror Lake Hydroelectric Project works in conjunction with the Pillar Mountain Wind Project and Battery Energy Storage System, enabling KEA to achieve 99.7% of our power from cost effective renewable energy in 2014.
The travelers were filled with praise at the end of their journey! Here are some of the things they had to say:
“Lloyd and Ron were quite knowledgeable and gave an excellent tour. It was fascinating to see how the watershed was harnessed to meet our energy needs with minimal environmental impact. The abundant wildlife along the tour was a bonus. Thanks for the opportunity!” – Sam Chelmo
“The tour of the Terror Lake project was terrific. Lloyd and Ron answered any questions we had with great expertise and enthusiasm. Everything about the buildings and grounds was clean, neat and orderly. The entire tour was a reflection of a company and its staff who demonstrate professionalism and take great pride in their work.” – Ken Reinke
“It was fantastic! It was great to see how we are generating so much power from a renewable source. I was impressed with the monitoring equipment that keeps everything functioning at its best and that KEA continually works to improve the systems it has. The immensity of the whole project was rather amazing.” – Ted Goossen
“I am so proud to be an employee of KEA, and this experience has provided me with an even greater connection to this company and our community.” – Shelby Pruitt