The Alaska Energy Authority Files Proposed Susitna-Watana Hydro Schedule with FERC
Anchorage – The Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) today filed a letter with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) requesting a lifting of the Integrated Licensing Process abeyance for Susitna-Watana Hydro and proposing a new schedule to reach the next FERC licensing milestone.
After receiving Governor Walker’s Administrative Order 217 ceasing discretionary spending on the project, AEA prioritized work on essential tasks to complete work already underway. This July, AEA received a memo from Office of Management and Budget Director Pat Pitney clarifying the term discretionary spending and allowing Susitna-Watana Hydro to advance to the FERC Study Plan Determination, expected in 2016.
AEA will be updating the Initial Study Report with data collection and analysis from the 2014 effort and resume public meetings on the reports beginning on February 16, 2016. Click to see the letter to FERC.
Susitna-Watana Hydro is in the midst of a FERC licensing effort and implementing 58 FERC-approved environmental studies. If constructed, Susitna-Watana Hydro would be located at river mile 184 on the Susitna River, above Devils Canyon, and would provide long-term, stable electric rates for 100+ years. It is estimated to provide approximately half of the Railbelt’s electrical demand, with an average 50-year estimated wholesale cost of power less than 7 cents per kilowatt hour. The Alaska Energy Authority is a public corporation of the state whose mission is to reduce the cost of energy in Alaska. More information about Susitna-Watana Hydro can be found at Susitna-WatanaHydro.org.