FERC grants permit for Chugach hydropower project in Alaska

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Nov. 24 approved a preliminary permit application from the Chugach Electric Association Inc. to study the feasibility of the proposed Fourth of July Creek Project, to be located on Godwin and Fourth of July creeks near Seward in Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska.

The proposed project would consist of two new developments using the same 70-foot long, 30-foot-wide, 30-foot-high powerhouse and other facilities. The Fourth of July Creek Development part of the overall project would have 6.6 MW of capacity, while the Godwin Creek Development part of the project would have 6.1 MW. 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 total generation of 12.7 MW and a total estimated annual generation of 55,012 MW-hrs.

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

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

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