Juneau, AK (KINY) - News of the North recently got to speak with Congressman Don Young on a variety of subjects. One of the topics brought up was Southeast energy.
Young says that Hydro Power should be the goal for any community that can support it.
"Hydro Power, in Southeast, should be the only power available. I am convinced that will work. I was in Juneau when we had nothing but diesel power and now the Hydro Power works real well. We're trying to believe in the Expand the Dams Project as far as producing more energy."
"Hydro is the number one issue in Southeast Alaska, there's no reason to be burning diesel anywhere."
There is a worry with any water-involved production regarding how things affect the fish habitat. Young told us that as long as a Hydro Power plant doesn't negatively impact salmon, it is likely a good fit.
"I have some opposition that say it will disrupt the flow of the stream, but if it does not affect the flow of the salmon, I don't see any reason why anyone would object to it. You know, we don't have to build a great big dam. A lot of these are lakes and sometimes streams."
In regards to the acquisition of Avista from Hydro One, Young says that they are staying vigilant to ensure that consumers are not affected in an adverse way.
"I want to make sure that the original loan was made for power and for consumers. I want to make sure that there is no extra burden put upon the consumers in the Juneau area."
"We are closely monitoring that operation to see that it is properly done."
Young will be visiting the Southeast region soon. He will be the featured speaker at a Native Issues forum on August 1st at Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall.