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POWER PLANT: Plans call for application to be complete by 2015.
By ALAN BAILEY
Published: January 7th, 2012 09:39 PM
Last Modified: January 7th, 2012 10:44 PM
The Alaska Energy Authority has taken the next step toward construction of a major hydroelectric power plant at Watana on the upper Susitna River by filing a license pre-application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
The authority will eventually need a FERC license to build the power plant and put it into operation -- the pre-application marks the beginning of the formal licensing process, a process that includes a series of studies into the potential environmental effects of the hydropower facility.
The energy authority expects to complete the required studies and submit a license application by mid-September 2015. The project plan for the facility also includes site surveys and preliminary engineering work, to be carried out this year, with an economic evaluation and financing plan to be developed early in 2013. A final design for the... http://www.adn.com/2012/01/07/2251854/energy-authority-moves-a-step.html