At KEA’s Annual Membership Meeting on April 24, 2017, Leslie Watson and Melissa Witteveen/Tyler Kornelis were the lucky winners of door prize drawings for round-trip September adventure tours of the Terror Lake Hydroelectric Project.
September 19, 2017 was a gorgeous sunny day for the trip! Leslie Watson invited Jan Haaga to join her, and Melissa Witteveen and Tyler Kornelis were unable to go, so they gave their seats to Melissa Koller-Williams and Kelly Krueger. On the way over, they enjoyed a scenic flight with Pete Rosendahl – Andrew Airways Pilot, pointing out the names of landscape features along the way.
After landing at beautiful Kizhuyak Bay, near the jetty of the Terror Lake Project, the group met up with their Terror Lake employee tour guides Ron Sternberg – Maintenance Operator/Electrician, and Nate Zigmont – Power Generation Technician. They led the group on a tour of the facility from inside the powerhouse to the tops of the mountains where Terror Lake is located. They saw firsthand where the water resources come from, and how that 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 2016.
After their busy day, here’s what the travelers had to say:
- Leslie Watson: We had a great trip! Ron and Nate did a fantastic job showing us the entire operation while explaining various technical and interesting facts, not only about the hydroelectric project, but the challenging environment of Terror Lake. I’d love to go again!
- Jan Haaga: I thoroughly enjoyed the whole trip over there, and I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to visit a part of the island not many see. It was great to learn more about what KEA does and how we get our power.
- Merissa Koller-Williams: It was amazing to see the hydropower site in operation. I am so proud to be a part of a community that is thoughtful about its energy resources. Our KEA tour guides were obviously passionate about their jobs and were excellent, knowledgeable company. Thanks for the opportunity!
- Kelly Krueger: I was in awe over the amount of planning that went into building a facility of this magnitude. Nate and Ron were fantastic tour guides and their passion for the facility shows. After visiting Terror Lake, I certainly have a greater appreciation of renewable energy and how our power is generated.