Tacoma Power will receive $4.7 million in stimulus fund money toward a new generation facility at its Cushman Hydroelectric Project.
The grant, announced Wednesday by U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu, will allow the city-owned utility to move forward on the $23.4 million project that will produce enough power for 1,700 homes.
“I believe we were selected for this grant because the new powerhouse we proposed will generate clean, renewable energy from water that we currently discharge from the dam into the Skokomish River,” said Pat McCarty, generation manager for the utility, in a news release. “It also will include a unique fish passage system that will help restore steelhead and salmon runs in the river.”
The project fits in with the utility’s commitment to restore flows and fish in the river as part of a settlement with the Skokomish Tribe.
The utility also received approval of Clean Renewable Energy Bonds that will allow low-cost financing of the project.
John Henrikson, The News Tribune – http://www.thenewstribune.com/southsound/story/942481.html