Terror Lake Hydroelectric Dam
Kodiak Electric Association, Inc. (KEA) has selected Kiewit as the construction contractor to build the Upper Hidden Basin Diversion. This project will increase the amount of annual hydropower production generated at the existing Terror Lake Hydroelectric Facility by an additional 33 million kilowatt-hours, which will add about 25 percent more energy to the Facility. The additional hydropower production will go straight into the existing KEA grid for the direct benefit of KEA’s members. The Terror Lake Hydroelectric Facility is the primary source of KEA’s energy supply and is the cornerstone to KEA’s renewable wind-hydro energy generation system.
When the Terror Lake Hydroelectric Facility was constructed in the 1980’s, it included three additional watershed diversions that supply additional water to the hydropower system for increased energy production capability in addition to the Terror Lake reservoir. A fourth watershed diversion named the Upper Hidden Basin Diversion was also investigated during the original development of the facility. This diversion was not built at the time due to the added expense and because the community did not need that power resource then, but it was recommended as the most cost-effective way to add future incremental power to the Terror Lake Facility and to the community grid when the growth in power demand in Kodiak justified it. The time has come for KEA to expand the Terror Lake Hydroelectric Facility by adding the Upper Hidden Basin Diversion.
The Upper Hidden Basin Diversion Project follows the KEA Board of Directors’ vision to maintain 98 percent of kilowatt-hour sales with cost effective renewable power solutions. Since 2014, KEA has had near-100 percent renewable portfolio generated from the Terror Lake Hydroelectric Facility and the Pillar Mountain Wind Farm. Generating green power from local sources has also kept the cooperative’s electric rates stable while eliminating fossil-fuel emissions by not running diesel generators.
Kiewit is mobilizing the equipment for the project and is scheduled to begin construction this June. Commercial operation is projected for the fall of 2020.
Kiewit is a highly-qualified construction firm that specializes in remote Alaskan construction projects and served as the general contractor for the original construction of the Terror Lake Hydroelectric Facility.
KEA Voter Registration is Easy with KEA’s Member Services!
Is YOUR name on YOUR KEA account? That means you can vote in KEA elections, be entered into KEA prize drawings, and earn capital credits!
The Notice of Annual Membership Meeting, Ballots, and Annual Report will be mailed to KEA members on March 29, 2018. KEA’s bylaws state that each member is entitled to one vote. A husband and wife or any other two persons who occupy the same household and have both names on the account jointly act as a member. A ballot is voided if a spouse not listed on the account signs the ballot envelope!
If you are uncertain about the name(s) listed on your account, please call Member Services at 486.7701. We’ll be happy to explain the simple procedure to add your spouse’s name on the account. Any changes to be in effect for this year’s election process must be made before February 28, 2018.
Business Accounts (Corporations, Partnerships, and Sole Proprietorships) should annually update their list of officers/owners authorized to vote on behalf of the account.
Terror Lake Hydroelectric Dam
Three Seats up for Election on the KEA Board of Directors
Deadline to file: March 14, 2018
Do you want to serve on the KEA Board of Directors? Stop by the KEA office at 1614 Mill Bay Road to pick up a Nominating Petition Packet. This packet has important information about serving on the board and the documents necessary for you to complete to become a candidate. To be an eligible candidate, you must be a member of KEA.
KEA members elect the nine directors to the KEA Board to represent their interests in the governance of the cooperative. Each year, KEA members elect three members to serve on the board of directors through a formal democratic voting process by mail. The term of office for each of the nine directors expires on a staggered basis, and incumbent board members can seek re-election with no maximum length of service. All directors are elected for terms of three years and serve until their successors have been elected or appointed. This year, the seats currently held by Stosh Anderson, Michael Brechan, and Cliff Davidson are up for election.
Your Completed Nominating Petition Packet must include:
· Director Candidate Eligibility Check List
· 2018 Nominating Petition with at least 15 valid KEA member signatures
· Candidate Written Profile
· Candidate Photograph
The deadline to submit your completed packet is 5 p.m. on March 14, 2018.
It’s all about Community…serving on the KEA Board of Directors.
This Could Be You in 2018!
Annually, Kodiak Electric Association (KEA) awards scholarships to high school seniors and adult learners in our service area who are heading to college, university, trade, or technical schools. For 2018, there are a total of fifteen (15) scholarships available for graduating high school seniors and full-and-part-time continuing education students. Five Academic scholarships, three Vocational/Career and Technical Education scholarships, and seven Continuing Education scholarships will be awarded in April, 2018.
The application deadline is February 16, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. at the KEA office.
Recipients will have demonstrated leadership potential and the capacity to make a significant contribution to the cooperative and community upon completion of their formal educations.
There are two separate applications, and full eligibility guidelines are included in each application packet. Click below to download:
Application: 2018 Graduating High School Seniors (pursuing Academic OR Vocational/Career and Technical Education)
Application: 2018 Continuing Education Students (pursuing Academic OR Vocational/Career and Technical Education)
Questions about the scholarships, applications, or selection process? Contact Nancy B. Sweeney, Communication/Human Resource Specialist, at 907.486.7700.
KEA Employees Care!
This year, KEA employees held our annual food drive from November 7 – December 4, with boxes for each department to fill. There was friendly competition to see which department would contribute the most! We collected over 395 pounds of canned and dry goods, along with a $420 Safeway gift card and $50 cash. Our donations were enthusiastically picked up by Joe Buhlig, Kodiak Island Food Bank’s new Director, on December 6.
Sharing the Blessings of the Season has been an annual event for KEA employees since 2011, and helps to make the holiday season even brighter for community members who are in need of assistance!
The Kodiak Island Food Bank is always in need of food and monetary donations, and all donations are gratefully accepted. The Food Bank fights hunger and serves over 285 households, which averages around 1,000 individuals in Kodiak and five surrounding villages. Their website is http://www.kodiakislandfoodbank.org.
The results have been tabulated from the bids KEA received on the items in our sale of surplus equipment and materials through our Operations department in September, 2017. Thank you to all those who participated in the sealed bid process. KEA is not liable for any equipment once it has been sold. All sales are final.
||Sokkia TS20 Theodolite Surveying Instrument. Sold in as is condition. Minimum bid: $10.00
||Nippon Kogaku 52471 Theodolite Antique Surveying Instrument. Sold in as is condition. Minimum bid: $50.00
||3 metal lockers. 45”w x 20”d x 70”h. Sold in as is condition. Minimum bid: $10.00
||3 metal lockers. 45”w x 20”d x 70”h. Sold in as is condition. Minimum bid: $10.00
||1 metal locker. 15”w x 20”d x 70”h. Sold in as is condition. Minimum bid: $5.00
||Maytag Bravos XL washing machine 2014. Sold in as is condition. Minimum bid: $50.00
||Maytag DE412 Series 05 heavy duty dryer. Sold in as is condition. Minimum bid: $25.00
||Kenmore refrigerator, circa 1996. Sold in as is condition. Minimum bid: $5.00
||Panasonic microwave. Sold in as is condition. Minimum bid: $5.00
||Bunn VPS series coffee maker. Sold in as is condition. Minimum bid: $5.00
||Homlite 2” trash pump. Sold in as is condition. Minimum bid: $5.00
||Norton C85 concrete saw. Sold in as is condition. Minimum bid: $50.00
||1 Box of Dewalt cordless tools, batteries, and chargers. Sold in as is condition. Minimum bid: $25.00
||Jet No. 3 Arbor press. Sold in as is condition. Minimum bid: $5.00
||Haldex hydraulic power unit, 2 HP. Sold in as is condition. Minimum bid: $5.00
||2005 Toyota RAV 4 SUV, 2.4L gas, 62,402 miles. Sold in as is condition. Minimum bid: $1,500.00
||2008 Ford F-350 super duty 1 ton pickup, extended cab, with utility box, 65,194 miles. Sold in as is condition. Minimum bid: $3,000.00
||2010 Ford F-350 super duty 1 ton pickup, extended cab, short bed, 62,402 miles. Sold in as is condition. Minimum bid: $5,000.00
||Projector screen, 60”w x 60”h. Sold in as is condition. Minimum bid: $10.00
||1 Box of miscellaneous power fuses. Sold in as is condition. Minimum bid: $5.00
||HP LaserJet 4050N printer. Sold in as is condition. Minimum bid: $5.00
||2 sets of walkie talkies with chargers (chargers not working). Sold in as is condition. Minimum bid: $5.00 each set.
||Biddle line thumper (cable fault locator). Sold in as is condition. Minimum bid: $25.00
||Circuit breaker tester. Sold in as is condition. Minimum bid: $5.00
||2 Folding tables and 8 chairs. Sold in as is condition. Minimum bid: $5.00
||4 wheeled ATV trailer. 5’l x 4’w. Sold in as is condition. Minimum bid: $5.00
From Left: Merissa Koller-Williams, Kelly Krueger, Leslie Watson, Jan Haaga, and Pilot Peter Rosendahl.
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.