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Chugach board meets to discuss Fire Island order


At a special meeting today the Chugach Electric Association board reviewed a recent order from the Regulatory Commission of Alaska on the Fire Island Wind Project. The board is pleased that the RCA has authorized Chugach to recover the costs of wind power purchases in rates.

“On behalf of the board, I’m pleased with the order and proud of the work done by staff to achieve it,” said chair Janet Reiser. “Chugach appreciates that the Commission was responsive to the request for expedited review.”

On Oct. 10, the RCA released an order allowing costs to be recovered in rates, and setting conditions that Chugach must follow. The Chugach board of directors met with staff today to discuss the order and its requirements – and some of the actions necessary for the project to come online by the end of next year.

“This project has a very tight timeline, and much remains to be done by the developer before wind power from Fire Island flows to the grid,” Reiser said.

Fire Island Wind (a subsidiary of Cook Inlet Region, Inc.) plans to construct 11 wind turbines on CIRI-owned land on Fire Island as well as a transmission line to a substation at Chugach headquarters near Minnesota Drive and International Airport Road.

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