Nuvista Hires Hydropower Program Manager
Chuck Casper’s 25 Years of Experience to be Fully Utilized
(Anchorage, Alaska – February 17, 2012) – Nuvista Light and Electric Cooperative has hired Chuck Casper, as its hydropower program manager. Casper’s main focus will be the Chikuminuk Lake hydropower project that will serve the Yukon-Kuskokwim region.
Casper is a lifelong Alaskan and licensed civil engineer with 25 years of diverse engineering experience on horizontal and vertical projects. He graduated from University of Alaska Fairbanks with a degree in civil engineering. He is currently working on his masters in engineering and science management from University of Alaska Anchorage.
Casper’s experience includes the complete life cycle of project development: public involvement, planning, permitting, design, and construction. He has worked for the State of Alaska, private construction companies, and most recently as planning and design manager for Integrated Concepts & Research Corporation.
“Chuck’s diverse skillset will be a tremendous benefit to Nuvista and the residents of the YK and Calista regions,” said Nuvista Executive Director Elaine “Chicky” Brown. “Chuck’s attention to detail will be tasked and appreciated for the Chikuminuk Lake hydropower project.”
The Chikuminuk Lake hydropower project is one of the most significant energy infrastructure projects in rural Alaska. If successful, it would be the first public hydropower project ever built to serve this region of Alaska, and has the potential to supply electricity to more than half the Calista region population. Bethel and a dozen other communities in an economically depressed region would benefit with potential power through the displacement of more than five million gallons of diesel per year, and a reduction of 55,000 tons of carbon dioxide annually.
Nuvista Light and Electric Cooperative is a non-profit member organization comprised of Calista Corporation, Association of Village Council Presidents, AVCP Rural Housing Authority, Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation, Alaska Village Electric Cooperative, Middle Kuskokwim Electric, Chaninik Wind, and Lower Yukon. Each member has a seat on the board of directors, with both Calista and AVCP having three directors each. Focusing on the Yukon-Kuskokwim region, Nuvista’s mission is to improve the energy economics in rural Alaska by creating energy generation and transmission infrastructure to serve, connect and enable the region to attain affordable, long term energy sustainability and self-sufficiency.