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Thursday, August 14, 2003


Alaska: power utility to link remote communities to outside world with power and fiber

Alaska: power utility to link remote communities to outside world with power and fiber

"Homer Electric Association realized a significant windfall Monday when the U.S. Department of Energy awarded the member-owned utility $1.9 million. The grant will pay for installation of the submarine cable that crosses Kachemak Bay linking the utility's energy network with south Kachemak communities."

"The submarine cable, which was completed last fall, is part of a $4-million effort to improve the reliable, affordable energy to Halibut Cove, Nanwalek, Port Graham and Seldovia. The cable also carries fiber optic lines to those residents in anticipation of possible future Internet connections."


An much more ambitious combined power and fiber link is under consideration by Calista Corporation, a large regional corporation formed under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. Calista's proposed system would link small communities near the Bering Strait to outside energy and telecommunications using an innovative high-voltage "ground return" system.


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