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LAKE COLERIDGE ELECTRICITY.'

AKAROA BOROUGH AND COUNTY SUPPLY.

.. The supply of. Lake; Coleridge electricity to 'the. Akaroa County, and Borough was further .discussde' at the Akaroa County Council meeting on Saturday,- when Mr J. D. Bruce, county Chairman, presided. The Akaroa borough was represented by the 'Mayor; Cr. Leete (chairman of the Lighting committee), Cr.Nobnan and Mr W. J. Lane, borough v electrician. Mr A. Goodwin was present, besides Messrs E. Hay,' .Tv 1 Conway and C. B.* and J. R, Thacker, members of the council.

Mr J. R. Templin, M.E., and Consulting Engineer, employed by the Council to report on the Pigeon Bay supply waited, on the meeting and gave interesting facts concerning the , Peninsula supply. He first* of all reported on the Pigeon Bay supply (which we published some weeks ago). This report showed,that.as far as Pigeon Bay was l concerned the scheme was quite feasible. The proposal was to ' run a 3-phase copper .transmission line from Duvaucnelle and. branch off this line with a single phase (two wires), iron wire to the various consumers. The cost of reticulation for Pigeon Bay, including the main line from Duvauchelle would be £2500.' " * '~>-." ■':'.

. The money could be obtdinfed at 5 per cent, and with a sinking ..fund of 1 per cent the total interest and sinking fund on £2500 would be £150. He estimated the Bay's f* proportion of maintenance £4*o ; and material £10 per annum, making a total expenditure of £200. As a result of the canvass made in Pigeon Bay it was found that a revenue of £400 would be received. Mr Templin went on to say/tha,t"the £400 did riot include any y motors for milking plants, heating and cooking, which lie thought would be a big - item. He thought the estimate a safe one as he had more than doubled the labour on the plains.

The chairman said the Akaroa Borough representatives wished to confer with the County about Akaroa's inclusion in the general scheme. On reading Mr Birks original letter he thought the proposal was that Akaroa. should be taken in if enough business was offering. ' ' The Mayor said the Borough could not take up £320 worth -of current in the Borough, but if it were the intention to extend the borough's jurisdiction outside the borough they might be able <tp sell that current. He thought if the Borough Scheme could keep the light going and the motors were supplied by Lake Coleridge current it would relieve the Borough plant. If power consumers were sure of a continuous supply he was sure much more current would be taken up. He thought the Peninsula scheme was quite feasible, and he thought the whole supply should go through the County Council, 50 that only one body should deal with the- Government. Mr Templin said Duvauchelle was practically the hub of the Peninsula and from it the Bays were all equi-distant. It was a question whether 'the County Council should carry on the line to Akaroa or leave that to the

Department. He had been m conversation ; with the Department about the matter and there was no engineering difficulty in connecting up Akaroa the same as the other Bays. ... • ■ The chairman said-if they sold current to the Akaroa Borough the Borough would have the ad-vantage-of their reticulation. Mr Templin said if the ; Borough I were'to use Coleridge power it would mean a new set of wires. He did' not think -running the borough plant for light and the Coleridge for power would be feasible, as it would mean a dual system -andYa/ great deal of expense.- '■•' ■: '•■•■ /■ /v- . ,'' :f . Mr Leete said Mr Birks had offered to ; bring the line to Akaroa and sell 20 k.w. for £320. A canvass had been made in the bashi surrounding Akarqa and they could sell £15.0' worth of current outside '.', the borough. The borough wanted -the" extra current to relieve- their plant.

The chairman said if they were satisfied with the Pigeon Bay report a similar canvass should be made of other parts of the Peninsula, and 'if they got the support they could employ Mr Templin to go into the total cost of reticulation. If they were then satisfied with Mr •Templin's report they could haye the current brought here. Mr Goodwin, said he ; did .not see difficulty* in.trie Akaroa problem..;. The • watershed of Akaroa was" similar : to one of, the bays. He had had a talk to Mr,

Birks concerning the- charges 'to ] be made for motors' and he made it clear that motors used for. shearing arid other purposes, where they were, only used occasionally, there would be liberal allowances made in charging for'them. \ ■ ;' •, ..

■ Mr Lane'said the-borough had a revenue of £774..'. Supposing the councilcould get promises of £200 more and increase 1 it up to £1000 a year and do; their own reticulation, would the vCounty Council allow them 50' per cent of the revenue and let the remaining 50 per cent go to the Government? " '

The chairman said'that would not be an equitable '.•proposition as the Council would get more out of the Lake Coleridge.scheme than/they were paying for. .>-, [\

Mr Lane said the Government could use the Akaroa plant as a standby which would be a great benefit to the district. .

Mr E. Hay said he thought they would have to treat Akaroa Borough as a private individual. The council must sell to those outside the borough and the Borough could buy current froml the County Council.

Mr J. E. Thacker said the County Council could supply customers in the Borough.'

The chairman said he thought none of these points were insuperable. . '

Mr Hay j said the Government had offered to supply current at several different points on the Peninsula and he asked if it would be cheaper if they supplied it at only one point, viz., Duvauchelle. ' t Mr Templin said three or four points would be more expensive on account of the-voltage regulation. It was no good bringing the current to the Peninsula unless it was satisfactory and the voltage regulation was the most [important engineering difficulty lin the whole scheme. If the,voltage had to be controlled at different points it wOuld mean heavy expense. Mr Hay pointed out that the County Council would have to construct the. line to Akaroa;-a distance of six miles at £150 a mile. The. Leßon's and Okain's Bay lines would branch off this line. ';■' '_. _ '•: ,'"' '■' -.. '' ;The chairman said if the County erected this line the Government would be let off £1700 or : £1800 worth of construction -as their

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LAKE COLERIDGE ELECTRICITY.', Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3526, 29 February 1916

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LAKE COLERIDGE ELECTRICITY.' Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3526, 29 February 1916

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