FERC agrees to delay for licensing of big Alaska hydroelectric project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on March 17 agreed to a delay in the licensing process for an Alaska hydro project while the project backer, the Alaska Energy Authority, works out certain issues.

Said the FERC letter to the developer: “On March 4, 2015, you filed a status report on your project proposal and requested that we continue to hold the Integrated Licensing Process (ILP) for the proposed Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project in abeyance for an additional 60 days. You stated that Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) continues to evaluate funding limitations, and AEA expects to be in a better position to propose plans for the next steps forward within 60 days of the March 4, 2015 date of your letter. You also stated that at that time, AEA will file another status report with the Commission, which will include a proposed plan and schedule for the project’s ILP.

“Due to the uncertainty of the project proposal at this time, we agree that the ILP should continue to be held in abeyance until further notice. Doing so would conserve stakeholder resources until the state’s commitment to the project can be clarified. Therefore, your request is granted. Please file an update of the status of the proposed project by May 4, 2015.”

The AEA in February 2014 filed with FERC a draft Initial Study Report (ISR) for the commission’s licensing of the Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project. This is a 600 MW-800 MW project to be located on the Susitna River in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska.

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