Wrangell Sentinel -

By Dan Rudy 

Wrangell to undergo week of diesel power starting Tuesday


Dan Rudy/ Wrangell Sentinel

Electrical superintendent Clay Hammer stands next to "Emmy," the 2.5 Megawatt, 20-cylinder diesel generator kept in an outbuilding by Wrangell Municipal Light and Power. Installed in 1982, it boasts a five-foot diameter turbine and weighs a whopping 40 tons.

Before the summer weather heats up and the air conditioners kick on, residents are being asked to conserve energy starting May 26. Wrangell Municipal Light and Power (WMLP) announced it will begin its annual diesel run that day, with the scheduled run anticipated to end June 3.

Southeast Alaska Power Agency technicians need to power down the transmission lines connecting the hydroelectric facility at Tyee Lake for maintenance, including checking the lines' anchors and insulators, replacing components and conducting basic upkeep that cannot be done when the line is energized.

The annual run...

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