Keeping the Peninsula’s lights on

  • Thursday, October 9, 2014 6:46pm
  • Opinion

There might’ve been a time in the not too distant past when most Kenai Peninsula residents would’ve shrugged off the prospect of being without electricity for a few days.

But times have changed and the peninsula’s population has grown. With that progress comes the expectation that when we flip the switch, the lights will come on — or at least there will be an outlet where we can charge our smartphone.

Homer Electric Association, the central and southern Kenai Peninsula’s cooperative electric utility, continues to improve its power generation capabilities, this week sharing with the public its progress on a back-up generation facility in Soldotna. The natural gas-powered turbine will help HEA meet the region’s needs when its primary generation facilities in Nikiski aren’t able to keep up, whether due to peak demand or an outage.

We’re glad to see that HEA continues to plan for the future here on the Kenai Peninsula. The cooperative’s energy production capabilities now include the co-generation plant in Nikiski, a share of the hydroelectric power coming from Bradley Lake, the Bernice Lake facility in Nikiski and the new turbine in Soldotna, and HEA will be able to meet our needs for years to come.

That said, now is a good time to check and make sure you’re prepared for those times when the lights do go out. While those times are few and far between, it is Alaska, after all, and winter weather is setting in. That means snow, wind, and cold. Take a few minutes to make sure you’re prepared for a power outage — or whatever else is thrown our way. Do you know where the flashlight is? Does it have fresh batteries? Do you have food and water to last a couple of days, if necessary? How about important medications? Has your family put together an emergency plan?

You can find more information on being prepared on the borough’s emergency management website,

More in Opinion

U.S. Senate candidate Kelly Tshibaka and former President Donald Trump stand on stage during a July 2022 rally in Anchorage. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire File)
Opinion: Tshibaka’s insincere defense of democracy

There are a lot of possible explanations why fewer votes were cast last November

Opinion: Humanism and the billionaire class

Compromise is the right thing to do and they should do it.

Opinion: The challenged truths of 3 elected representatives

“Politicians lying is nothing new.”

This photo shows the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
Opinion: The wrong way to define demand

And as glaciers go, the Mendenhall is only a minor attraction.

Zachary Hamilton (Courtesy photo)
Borough mayoral candidate: ‘The best is yet to come’

Zachary Hamilton is running for Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor in the special election

Love, INC in Soldotna, Alaska, provides homelessness prevention and housing services to people on the Kenai Peninsula. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Opinion: COVID relief funds help homeless children in Alaska

We need to sustain this kind of investment.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy holds a press conference at the Capitol on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (Juneau Empire file photo)
Opinion: Alaska must act now to capitalize on carbon markets

Alaska has vast forests and coastlines that can provide natural carbon management

Opinion: MLK Day clinics offered in the ‘spirit of service and advocacy for equality and social justice’

Attorneys across the state will be spending their holiday as “A Day On, Not a Day Off”

The M/V Tustumena comes into Homer after spending the day in Seldovia in 2010. (Homer News File)
Opinion: New federal funding could aid Alaska Marine Highway System

The evidence is clear that the AMHS is in grave danger of failing and moving into Alaska’s history books

(Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire File)
Opinion: I’ve seen the union difference

As a community we can show solidarity…

(Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
Sullivan’s irrelevance in defense of democracy

Two years ago this week, supporters of then-President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol…

People vote in polling booths at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Voices of the Peninsula: What’s on your 2023 schedule so far?

There is a Kenai Peninsula Borough Special Mayoral Election coming up in February