Chugach Electric seeks permit on Alaska hydro project

The Chugach Electric Association applied on Aug. 27 to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a three-year preliminary permit for the proposed Fourth of July Creek Project.

This permit would allow the association to study, with an eye on an eventual license application, the feasibility of this run-of-river hydroelectric generation project. It would be located on the east side of Resurrection Bay, across the bay from Seward, Alaska. It would utilize two adjoining watersheds that supply water to Fourth of July Creek and Godwin Creek. There is no existing dam or other project facility at the proposed project location.

The diversion structures would span Fourth of July Creek and Godwin Creek and direct water to separate turbine units housed in a single powerhouse building with an estimated gross generation of 12.7 MW and a total estimated annual generation of 55,012 MW-hrs.

A Chugach contact is: Paul Risse, Senior Vice President, 5601 Electron Drive, Anchorage, AK 99518, (907) 762-4532.

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