Naknek Electric Association (NEA), banking on a decade of geothermal research and planning, is preparing to drill an exploration well near King Salmon, in a multi-million dollar project with potential to provide power to 28 villages in Southwest Alaska.

With residents of Naknek and King Salmon currently paying US $0.43 a kilowatt-hour, the introduction of less expensive energy sources can't come a moment too soon. Estimates are that use of geothermal power could cut the cost of power production by 70 percent.