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Hydro: A day in the life at Tyee Lake


Greg Knight

Brent Mill, who oversees operations and mechanics at the Tyee Lake Hydroelectric Project near Bradfield Canal, performs a series of checks on the output levels of the plant inside its powerhouse.

When the residents of Petersburg and Wrangell flip a switch to turn on a light or push a button on an electronic device they probably don’t give much thought to where the power comes from – as long as the electricity keeps flowing.

The power comes from somewhere close, tucked away in a picturesque river valley east of the Bradfield Canal, near the southeastern tip of Wrangell Island

That place is the Tyee Lake Hydroelectric Project. It is a 20-megawatt power generation facility that supplies the boroughs of Petersburg, Wrangell, and occasionally Ketchikan, with the juice that lights up...

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