Ketchikan Public Utilities is installing a 4.6 MW hydroelectric project on the existing non-powered dam at Whitman Lake to serve the customers of the Southeast Alaska Power Agency (SEAPA). SEAPA customers include the communities of Ketchikan, Petersburg, and Wrangell. In addition to installing hydropower, the project is replacing the aging penstock from Whitman Lake to the Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association (SSRAA) Whitman Lake Hatchery and will construct a diversion from Achilles Creek to Whitman Lake. It will produce 16,000 MWh/yr and displace 1.2 million gallons of diesel fuel annually.
Construction of this project is underway and set to complete fall 2014.
Whitman Lake dam and valve house, near Ketchikan.