We cleared another hurdle today in our efforts to bring a renewable energy source to Kantishna Roadhouse in the form of a micro-hydroelectric generator. This much anticipated development has been in the works for several years, spearheaded by U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski who included it as part of a bill designed to reduce diesel fuel usage in Denali National Park and Preserve. After passing in the U.S. Senate in June, the bill passed today in the House and is now on its way to President Obama to be signed into law.
The legislation entitled The Denali Park Improvement Act, includes a small land exchange with the National Park Service. It allows for a water intake to be placed at Eureka Creek where it crosses the park road. Water will be carried through the non-wilderness portion of the park to an outbuilding on our property where the 50-kilowatt power generator will be housed.
We estimate that the new system will produce enough electricity to meet half of our needs during peak operation. In addition to reducing the use of fossil fuels and improving air quality, the change to hydropower will also lessen the number of fuel vehicle trips over the park road.