As the next round of public meetings on the Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project draw closer, the initial paperwork for another hydro project has been filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. KTNA’s Phillip Manning has read the proposal, and has this report:
So far, the State of Alaska has spent nearly $200 million in studies for a large hydroelectric project on the Susitna River. Now, a private company is starting the process of looking into a smaller project on the Talkeetna River. The company is Northwest Power Service, Incorporated. Brent Smith is heading up the Alaska operation, and says that this is the first time that NPSI is proposing building a dam, though it has considerable experience in hydropower.
“Most all of the projects that Northwest Power Service has been involved with in the past is to retrofit existing, federally owned dams in the Lower 48, where we go in and there’s already an existing dam that does not have power generation on it. So, what we do is go through a licensing process to retrofit that dam and put power on it.”
The dam that NPSI is proposing would generate 75 megawatts of power, far less than that proposed by Susitna-Watana. It would also have a much smaller footprint than the Susitna project, with a height of 370 feet. (more…)