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.

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