The Skagway Assembly passed a resolution that establishes an electric ferry pilot program.
The resolution comes on the heels of a major announcement by the federal government that $250 million of the roughly $1 trillion federal infrastructure bill would be earmarked for such programs, with at least one of them in Alaska.
Skagway’s ferry committee has looked at two options. One, an electric model that could run between Skagway and Haines, and could be powered by Skagway’s existing hydroelectric grid even if a deal with Yukon Energy doesn’t go through. The other is a hybrid-electric option for a boat that could reach as far south as Juneau, though designs for that vessel are still in the conceptual stage.