FERC okays exploratory permit for 5-MW Alaska hydro project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on July 17 approved a three-year preliminary permit under which Alaska Power and Telephone can explore the feasibility of a nearly 5-MW hydro project.

On Feb. 21, Alaska Power and Telephone filed this application on the proposed Lake 3160 Water Power Project, to be located on an unnamed lake (Lake 3160) near Evelyn Lake in the City and Borough of Juneau, Alaska.

The project would include a powerhouse containing either one or two generating units with a total installed capacity of 4,995 kW; and a 7.6-mile-long, 14.4/24 kV (or higher) transmission line which would be built either as: (i) an overhead line; (ii) buried line in a conduit; (iii) submarine cable; or (iv) a combination of all three to intertie with the existing line at a nearby mine on Johnson Creek. The estimated annual generation of the project would be 40 gigawatt-hours.

During the course of the permit, the commission expects that the permittee will carry out prefiling consultation and study development leading to the possible development of a license application for this project.

The applicant contact is: Glen Martin, Project Manager, Alaska Power & Telephone, P.O. Box 3222, Port Townsend, WA 98363, phone: (360) 385-1733, x 122.

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