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Weekly Highlight for Oct 16, 2017 

Alaska Energy Authority received an allocation for New Clean Renewable Energy Bonds (CREBs) from the Internal Revenue Service for the West Fork Upper Battle Creek Diversion Project.  The CREBs can substantially reduce the finance interest rate for the project.

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Railbelt utilities make progress to pool resources

By: Elwood Brehmer Alaska Journal of Commerce

Sale of Mental Health Trust land final for hydropower heating facility

August 25, 2017 By ALEX McCARTHY  Juneau Empire

Bradley hydro expansion moves forward with AEA approval

By: Naomi Klouda Alaska Journal of Commerce

Project underway to replace Koliganek power plant   

Aug 25, 2017

The village of Koliganek is aiming to have a new power plant up and running by next fall.

The village of Koliganek is getting a new power plant. The funds are in place. Now they need a finished design and materials before construction can begin.

The new power plant will have three diesel generators and more efficient waste heat recovery lines. Those will provide heat for the health clinic and the school, displacing about 14,700 gallons of heating fuel annually.

Another upside is the new power plant will be much quieter. The constant hum of the current plant is audible from nearby buildings, including the health clinic across the road.more...

Bradley Lake hydro expansion moves forward

KBBI-HomerAugust 23, 2017

An expansion of the state’s largest hydroelectric facility is one step closer to becoming a reality.

The Alaska Energy Authority’s Board of Directors approved a $46.6 million expansion of Bradley Lake at its meeting earlier this month.

The Battle Creek project, as it’s known, will divert runoff from the Battle Glacier via a 1.7-mile pipeline, just upstream of the Bradley Lake dam.

The state-owned facility serves about 70 percent of Alaska’s population through six electric utilities along the rail belt.

Each utility plays a role in operating Bradley Lake, and the nearly 370-megawatt it produces each year are divvied up between Golden Valley Electric, Chugach Electric, City of Seward, Matanuska Electric Association, Homer Electric Association and Municipal Light & Power.  more....

Sen. Murkowski welcomes proposed method for calculating land use fees for Alaska hydropower plants

Published on August 24, 2017 by Kevin Randolph

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) applauded a recent proposal by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to change the way that annual land use charges are calculated for hydropower projects on federal lands.

FERC’s proposed method would use a regional per-acre land value to a statewide average per-acre land
value, which would reduce recent fee increases. FERC is currently seeking comment on its proposal.

“FERC’s proposal is a step in the right direction for Alaskans served by utilities that generate clean hydroelectric power from facilities on federal lands,” Murkowski said. “This new methodology recognizes the uniqueness of land valuation in Alaska, and will help ensure reasonable rates while removing a growing impediment to development in our state.”

In 2016, land use fees for hydroelectric projects on the Kenai Peninsula increased by 71 percent, according to Murkowski. Since 2008, fees for the region have increased by 384 percent. Land use charges for the Solomon Gulch project near Valdez have increased 679 percent since 2008. more.....

Final Railbelt electric plan cost estimate nears $900M

New Alaska handbook provides how-to on heated greenhouses

by: RACHEL D\'ORO, Associated Press Updated:

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Cold-climate greenhouses have long been an option for increasing the limited growing season in Alaska, where fresh produce is a rarity in a harsh environment. But for many remote communities that rely on costly imported diesel fuel for their power source, they're too expensive to operate.

Now, the state has released a handbook that shows schools and community groups how to build greenhouses heated with a plentiful local resource: wood.

The 98-page guide comes as greenhouses gain popularity in the vast state for several reasons, including improved technology and heightened awareness, according to officials who worked on the handbook.

Thousands of schools in the continental U.S. have gardens and some have greenhouses where students learn to grow food. But Alaska's situation is unique given the lack of fresh produce from local sources in remote parts of the state.

"There's nobody that comes close," says Bob Deering, renewable energy coordinator for the Alaska region of the U.S. Forest Service, the handbook's main funding source.more....

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