The Alaska Energy Authority has postponed filing the Preliminary Application Document for the Susitna Watana Dam while it negotiates with State and Federal Agencies to outline the studies and workflow of the massive hydro-electric project.
The Preliminary Application Document, or PAD, identifies project details, resources and anticipated impacts of the proposed Susitna Dam, and establishes a series of strict deadlines for the licensing process. Once the PAD is filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, it starts the clock on the project, establishing a strict timeline in which studies, scoping, and hearings must all be completed. The AEA originally planned to file the PAD in November, but multiple State and Federal agencies said the timeframe wouldn’t allow them time to complete studies of the proposed Dam’s impact. (more…)