Alaska Power & Telephone shelves plans for Alaska hydroelectric project

Alaska Power & Telephone told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that it is dropping plans, now that a three-year preliminary permit is ending, for an Alaskan hydropower project.

“Investigations into this project’s feasibility were directly tied to the future development of two mines in the projects vicinity, the Niblack and Bokan Mountain mines,” said the letter from the company’s Glen Martin. “Both mines may be years in the making as they pursue their own funding. Therefore, at this time the Moira Sound Hydroelectric Project is not feasible and we are letting the permit expire.”

The commission in February 2012 had issued this preliminary permit, allowing the company to study the feasibility of the Moira Sound Hydroelectric Project, to be located on Dickman, Kugel, Aiken, Luelia, and Niblack Creeks; Kugel and Aiken Lakes; Lake Luelia; and seven unnamed lakes near Hollis on Prince of Wales Island in the Prince of Wales – Hyder Census Area, Alaska. The proposed project would consist of 11 developments, plus support facilities. All proposed facilities are new. The total proposed capacity of the Moira Sound Project would be 20.4 MW, with estimated annual generation of 79.7 gigawatt-hours. 

The project contact is: Glen Martin, Project Manager, phone (360) 385-1733 ext. 122, fax (360) 385-7538.

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