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Sweetheart Lake

An Ideal Location – an Innovative Design

Learn about the location, design and history of the Sweetheart Lake Hydroelectric Facility.

Juneau’s Community Values in Action

Sweetheart Lake benefits Juneau in terms of sustainability, environmental responsibility, and economic growth.

Design and Development Philosophy

Sweetheart Lake will deliver sustainable electricity to power Juneau’s economy and families now and into the future. Hydropower is Juneau’s cleanest energy source. The development of this facility has painstakingly worked to ensure that wildlife and fisheries are protected.

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FERC Issues Sweetheart Lake License

On September 8, 2016 the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a 50 year license to Juneau Hydropower to construct and operate their Sweetheart Lake hydroelectric facility. This represents the culmination of over 7 years of research, planning, and design in the application and approval process. This effort would not have been possible without the collaborative efforts between Juneau Hydropower and its partners as well as many state local and federal agencies. Just as important was the overwhelming outpouring of public support.

Construction is slated to begin in late 2016. Regular updates on construction progress will be posted on the juneauhydropower.com site.

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FERC Issues Sweetheart Lake License

September 8th, 2016|0 Comments

On September 8, 2016 the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a 50 year license to Juneau Hydropower to construct and operate their Sweetheart Lake hydroelectric facility. This represents the culmination of over 7 years of research, planning, design in the application and approval process. This effort would not have been possible without the collaborative efforts between Juneau Hydropower and its partners as well as the many state local and federal agencies as well as the overwhelming outpouring of public support.

Construction is slated to begin in late 2016 Regular updates on construction progress will be posted on the juneauhydropower.com site.

View the FERC License order.

Juneau Hydropower secures permit for Sweetheart Lake

August 24th, 2016|0 Comments

This map from the city’s Community Development Department shows the Sweetheart Lake Hydroelectric Project’s proximity to Juneau. The project is about 33 miles southeast of downtown.

In 1952, then U.S. Secretary of the Interior Oscar L. Chapman told Congress that Juneau’s Sweetheart Lake was “an important source of water for potential production of hydroelectric energy.”

More than six decades later, a company is finally about to tap into that potential.

At its Tuesday night meeting, the Juneau Planning Commission unanimously approved a conditional use permit green lighting Juneau Hydropower’s Sweetheart Lake Hydroelectric Project. This city permit is a crucial piece of the permitting puzzle that the minds behind Juneau Hydropower have been working on for the past six years. But they’re not finished yet.

Read the entire article by Sam DeGrave on the Juneau Empire…

Walker Signs Bill in Support of Sweetheart Lake Dam

July 15th, 2016|0 Comments

Gov. Bill Walker signs a bill giving bonding authorization for Juneau Hydropower’s Sweetheart Lake hydroelectricity facility during a ceremony at the Plumbers & Pipefitters Local Union 262 Hall on Friday. Watching Walker from left are: former Juneau Mayor Mary Becker, Juneau Hydropower CEO and owner Keith Comstock, Rep. Cathy Muñoz, R-Juneau, Don Kubley, Max Mielke, business manager for the Plumbers & Pipefitters Local Union 262, and Juneau Hydropower Managing Director Duff Mitchell.

Gov. Bill Walker smiled, sat down and lifted his pen.

“This is a sweetheart piece of legislation,” he said shortly before affixing his signature to House Bill 143, a bill that allows state funding of the new Sweetheart Lake Hydroelectric Project.

See entire James Brook article from Juneau Empire

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A Sweetheart of a Story.

Just how did the Sweetheart Lake project come about?

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