Sitka's winter drought forces utility to fire up diesel generators

Faced with increased power demand and lower-than-average rainfall this winter, the Sitka electric department is playing the odds, running diesel generators to supplement the city’s two hydro projects. The strategy — which costs roughly $7,000 per day in fuel — is intended to conserve water behind the dams for Sitka’s more typical dry season in March and April.

Robert Woolsey, KCAW – Sitka