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PMP&L continues to push for plant relocation to Scow Bay


Photo courtesy of the Michael Nore collection ©

This undated photo of Power House Manager Joe L. MacKechnie and Cliff Roundtree in front of the Petersburg Municipal Power & Light Power House building was taken after 1935, when MacKechnie noted the purchase of the International pick-up in his memoirs. Note the power lines protruding from the building to send power to downtown Petersburg.

Petersburg Power and Light Superintendent Joe Nelson reminded the city council Tuesday night of the department’s efforts to relocate their downtown plant to Scow Bay.

Nelson said in 1983 the city-owned utility provided 60% of the town’s power with diesel generation and 40% came from the Blind Slough hydro facility.

In 1984 the city went to 100% hydropower generation when the Tyee Lake project came on-line, providing power to both Wrangell and Petersburg.

Despite a rate decrease the utility continued to build reserves that reached $4 million in 2003 when Nelson arrived to manage the depa...

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