FERC issues permit for small hydroelectric project in Alaska

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on March 11 granted a December 2014 application from BC Energy LLC for a preliminary permit to study the feasibility of the proposed Bruskasna Creek Hydroelectric Project, to be located on Bruskasna Creek near the Native Village of Cantwell in Denali Borough, Alaska.

The proposed project would consist of: a 50-foot-long, 10-foot-high concrete diversion weir traversing Bruskasna Creek an approximately 10-acre-foot impoundment; a 13,500-foot-long, 2.5-foot-diameter steel penstock; a 25-foot-long, 35-foot-wide concrete powerhouse; a single 1.7-MW Pelton turbine/generator; a 34,000-foot-long, 15-kV transmission line interconnecting with an existing 15-kV Golden Valley Electric Association distribution line; and an approximately 46,000-foot-long access road. The estimated annual generation of the Bruskasna Creek Project would be 5.2 gigawatthours.

Said the March 11 permit approval: “A preliminary permit is issued for the Bruskasna Creek Hydroelectric Project No. 14652 to BC Energy, LLC for a period effective the first day of the month in which this permit is issued, and ending either 36 months from the effective date or on the date that a development application submitted by the permittee has been accepted for filing, whichever occurs first.”

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.