House Bill 103 examines the power of the Alaska Energy Authority to study and construct energy projects along the railbelt has been through 7 hearings; it finally passed through the House’s special energy committee and is on to the Finance Committee.
The Alaska Energy Authority is holding a series of public meetings across Alaska on their preliminary findings on possible hydro projects along the railbelt. Monday night, the AEA team was in Talkeetna to face a packed house at the elementary school gymnasium. While pro Susitna Dam buttons were handed out at the Fairbanks meeting, those buttons were nowhere to be seen at the meeting in Talkeenta. Meetings will continue in Palmer, Anchorage and Kenai.
The Alaska House Energy Committee is working on a bill that will pave a clear path for the multi-Billion-dollar Susitna River hydroelectric project, by making sure the Alaska Energy Authority can formally oversee the project and other energy projects as they come along. The bill is House Bill 103 and is Governor Sean Parnell’s legislation to authorize the AEA to pursue hydroelectric projects. (more…)
The Fairbanks News Miner reports that dozens of Fairbanks residents showed up for the Alaska Energy Authority’s open house on the Susitna Dam Thursday evening.
Lisa Hughes, with the Northern Environmental Center was in attendance and said that well over a hundred people were in attendance. (more…)
The Alaska Energy Authority board of directors have selected a new executive director and appointed Sara Fisher-Goad to take the helm. (more…)
KTNA’s morning news, weather, announcements and Denali Echoes, hosted by Trisha Costello. Local news headlines: Boro emergency services to hold more area training for dispatchers as result of botched response to the killing of Dirk Fast; AEA announces public meetings for Susitna Hydro project; Borough assembly approves funds for upgrades to Talkeetna library.(16 min.)
Governor Sean Parnell is actively pushing to make the Susitna Hydro project a reality and submitted a bill to the legislature that would authorize the Alaska Energy Authority to move forward with the project. (more…)