Alaska Energy Authority delayed again on licensing of major hydro project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on May 13 reaffirmed a delay in the licensing process for an Alaska hydro project while the project backer, the Alaska Energy Authority, awaits action from the Alaska legislature.

On May 4, the authority filed a status report that requested that FERC continue to hold the Integrated Licensing Process (ILP) for the proposed Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project in abeyance for an additional 60 days because the state legislature did not conclude its session at the end of April as expected. The authority expects to be in a better position to propose plans for the next steps once the funding status of the project is more certain.

“As stated in our March 17, 2015 letter, due to the uncertainty of the project proposal, the ILP is being held in abeyance until further notice,” said the May 13 FERC letter. “Therefore, you do not need to again request that the Commission hold the process in abeyance. Until the state’s commitment to the project can be clarified, please file an update on the status of the proposed project every 60 days.”

The authority 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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