Nuvista makes progress on 13-MW hydro project in Alaska

Nuvista Light and Electric Cooperative LLC in Alaska told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on July 26 that it made progress on various fronts over the last six months on a 13.4-MW hydro project.

In August 2012, FERC granted a preliminary permit to study the feasibility of the proposed Chikuminuk Lake Hydro Project No. 14369, to be located on the Allen River, 118 miles southeast of Bethel, Alaska. A preliminary permit gives a party a 36-month exclusive right to look at project feasibility, with updates to be filed with FERC every six months and a license application needed if the decision is to move forward with the project.

The proposed project would include: an approximately 1,325-foot-long, 128-foot-high concrete-faced rockfill dam; a 150-foot-long, 75-foot-wide powerhouse containing two vertical Francis turbine/generator units rated for 6.7 MW each, for a total installed capacity of 13.4 MW; and a 118-mile long, 138-kV transmission line leading from the powerhouse to a substation in the town of Bethel. The estimated annual generation of the Chikuminuk Project would be 88.7 gigawatt-hours.

In the July 26 update report, Nuvista said it has been pursuing various community outreach and project permitting initiatives. Nuvista said it has completed a Draft Preliminary Application Document (PAD) that will be eventually filed with the FERC. The filing of this PAD has been postponed to early 2014.

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