Alaska Power seeks another FERC permit for 77.4-MW hydro project

On behalf of Soulé Hydro LLC, Alaska Power & Telephone Co. applied May 2 at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for another preliminary permit for the Soulé River Hydroelectric Project.

The commission previously issued a preliminary permit to Soulé for the project that expired at midnight on April 30, 2016.

Soulé has pursued the proposed Soulé River Project in good faith and with due diligence during the prior permit term, the company said. To date, Soulé has expended approximately $2.6 million of its own funds in efforts to license this project.

Despite Soulé’s diligent pursuit of development, progress has been stalled due to circumstances beyond the control of Soulé. After extensive discussions and correspondence, the U.S, Forest Service has confirmed its willingness to incorporate new provisions within the Tongass Land Management Plan (TLMP), which would allow for the development of the Soulé project despite its presence in a Remote Recreational Land Use Designation (LUD) area. The revisions would be incorporated into the TLMP through an upcoming TLMP Amendment, the company said.

Soulé proposes to utilize its new preliminary permit to continue conducting the remaining studies and developing the project and license application within a three-year preliminary permit term.

The Soulé River Hydroelectric Project is located in the extreme southeast corner of Southeast Alaska, about nine miles southwest of the town of Hyder and approximately 90 miles east of the city of Ketchikan. It would involve new dam construction. Based on the draft final design, the powerhouse would be 80 feet wide by 160 feet long pre-engineered metal building with reinforced concrete substructure. The powerhouse would contain three Francis-type generating units and have a total installed capacity of 77,400 kW.

Based on the preliminary-draft final design, the transmission line will include 700 feet of buried power cable across the Soulé River delta; 10 miles of 138 kV submarine cable in Portland Canal from the delta to a cable landing at Stewart, British Columbia, where a log transfer dock exists on the waterfront. From the waterfront an additional 2.5 miles of overhead power cable would be constructed to the BC Hydro substation on the northeast side of Stewart.

A project contact is: Bob Grimm, CEO, Alaska Power & Telephone Co., P.O. Box 3222, 193 Otto Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368, phone 360-385-1733 extension 120, cell 360-301-3636.

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