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Susitna Watana Project

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Media inquiries should be directed to:
Emily Ford, Public Outreach Liaison

Railbelt Large Hydro Project

In 2010, the Alaska State Legislature passed legislation which declares a State energy policy.  The bill directs the State to receive 50 percent of its electrical generation from renewable and alternative energy sources by 2025. Hydropower, the lowest cost energy for Alaska consumers, currently provides approximately 24 percent of the electrical energy used in Alaska. The only way to achieve the new goal of deriving 50 percent of our electricity from renewable and alternative sources is for a new, large hydroelectric project to be built in the Railbelt region.

The 2010 Legislature provided funding to Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) for the preliminary planning, design, permitting and field work for the Susitna and Chakachamna Projects, as well as Glacier Fork and other hydroelectric projects along the Railbelt.

AEA recommends that the Low Watana site on the Susitna River should be the primary hydroelectric project for Alaska’s Railbelt. Of the projects examined, the Susitna Project not only has the best chance of being built; it will provide cost-effective, reliable, long-term power for the Railbelt, and it will help the state meet its recently established long-range goal.

AEA welcomes written comments.

email written comments to;

fax written comments to 907.771.3044 Att: Large Hydro Project

mail written comments to
          Railbelt Large Hydro Project
          Alaska Energy Authority
          813 West Northern Lights Boulevard
          Anchorage, Alaska 99503


Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project Schedule

Reports, Documents
Railbelt Large Hydro Reports
Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project Documents

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For more information contact:

Bryan Carey, Susitna-Watana Engineering Manager
Tel  907.771.3065
Fax 907.771.3044

For comments or questions please send an email to:

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Alaska Energy Authority
813 West Northern Lights Boulevard,  Anchorage, AK 99503
907-771-3000 (Phone) 907-771-3044 (Fax) Toll Free (Alaska Only) 888-300-8534