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  • The Alaska Department of Natural Resources has worked with AEA to develop an interactive map that can be used to learn more about the location of Susitna-Watana Hydro and surrounding areas.  It’s even smart phone compatible! (http://www.dmlwmaps.dnr.alaska.gov/Watana)

     For those who are more familiar with GIS data, a more technical site is available. (http://www.dmlwmaps.dnr.alaska.gov/Watana_App). Users can also download the GIS data and search by place names.

    These sites are ever-evolving as more information is uploaded and additional changes incorporated into both sites.

  • On Dec. 31, 2012, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) filed a letter to the Alaska Energy Authority, proposing a new schedule for 13 of the 58 studies in the Susitna-Watana Hydro Revised Study Plan. A study plan determination was expected for all 58 studies on Feb. 1, 2013, allowing for adequate time to prepare for and execute a successful field season this year.

    AEA’s response was filed with FERC on Jan. 7 and is available here.  In this letter AEA urges FERC to adhere to the Integrated Licensing Process (ILP) schedule previously established by FERC and outlines the collaborative efforts that lead to the thorough and detailed Revised Study Plan.  If FERC is not able to reestablish the previously-approved ILP schedule, AEA has proposed an alternative schedule in order to maintain critical fieldwork deadlines.

    With 58 studies, covering approximately 3,500 pages the Susitna-Watana Hydro Revised Study Plan is likely the most detailed, comprehensive study plan ever submitted in a hydroelectric licensing proceeding. AEA looks forward to continuing to work with stakeholders in the development of a robust study plan that leads to successful and timely field seasons. 

  • The Alaska Energy Authority has released its 2012 Report to the Alaska State Legislature. The report provides a summary of activities and accomplishments during 2012. You can view the report online and download a PDF copy.

    Read the 2012 Report Online

    Download a PDF of the 2012 Report

  • The Alaska Energy Authority has released its 2013 Report to the Alaska State Legislature. The report provides a summary of activities and accomplishments during 2013. You can view the report online and download a PDF copy. Read the 2013 Report Online Download a PDF of the 2013 Report
  • Anchorage – The Alaska Energy Authority (AEA), six Cook Inlet village corporations and Cook Inlet Region Inc. (CIRI) collectively reached agreement on a complex land-use permit to support Susitna-Watana Hydro environmental study. “This permit is the result of months of negotiations and is a step toward continuing a long-term positive relationship between AEA, the Cook Inlet village corporations and CIRI,” said Sara Fisher-Goad, AEA executive director. “This permit protects land owners while providing AEA the necessary access to conduct Susitna-Watana Hydro environmental study. We look forward to the continued development of this partnership.” As part of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, Chickaloon Moose Creek Native Association; Knikatnu, Inc., Ninilchik Natives Association, Inc., Salamatof Native Association, Inc., Seldovia Native Association, Inc. and Tyonek Native Corporation own surface rights to some lands within the Susitna-Watana Hydro project area; CIRI owns sub-surface rights. “Completing this monumental task has been a historic achievement requiring much commitment, time, effort and willingness to compromise for the greatest good for the greatest number of people,” said Greg Encelewski, president of the Ninilchik Natives Association. Susitna-Watana Hydro is in the midst of a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) licensing effort and implementing 58 FERC-approved environmental studies. A land access permit is necessary for AEA to implement the studies and conduct field work on private lands. Susitna-Watana Hydro would be located at river mile 184 on the Susitna River, above Devils Canyon, and would provide long-term, stable electric rates for 100+ years. It is estimated to provide approximately half of the Railbelt’s electrical demand, with an average 50-year estimated cost of power less than 7 cents per kilowatt hour. The Alaska Energy Authority is a public corporation of the state whose mission is to reduce the cost of energy in Alaska. More information about Susitna-Watana Hydro can be found at Susitna-WatanaHydro.org. Read the full press release here: http://www.susitna-watanahydro.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Susitna-Watana-Hydro-CIRWIG-Agreement-04-04-14.pdf
  • The June 2014 Newsletter is now online. You can read it here.
  • New Study Shows Potential for Decades of Economic Boost A recent study that examined the economic merits of Susitna-Watana Hydro concludes the proposed project would generate billions of dollars in energy savings for the Alaska Railbelt region, and would be a significant, long-term benefit to the economy in the form of workforce development and local spending. Commissioned by the Alaska Energy Authority as part of Susitna-Watana Hydro’s FERC licensing effort, Northern Economics conducted an economic impact analysis and a benefit-cost analysis of the project, finding that the expected benefits outweigh the costs over the project’s life. The study estimates energy savings of $11.2 billion during the first 50 years of the project. When additional benefits of the dam were factored, including the retirement of older generation facilities, reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and a reduction in the frequency of power outages, the energy cost savings surpassed $14 billion. While energy savings is the primary benefit of the project, the study also estimates Susitna-Watana Hydro will provide thousands of direct and indirect jobs for many decades. The project would support up to 5,000 jobs preconstruction, with a construction workforce of about 12,000 people between 2010 and 2028, peaking annually in 2025 with a construction workforce of 1,155. In addition, it would generate millions of dollars in local spending — a projected $2.6 billion during construction and an estimated $26.5 million annually during operations. Northern Economics is a consulting firm specializing in economic analysis of various industries in Alaska. Through its research, Northern Economics’ goal is to help society make informed decisions. To read the full study, visit the Documents page.