Alaska Hydro Project Could Power Half Of State, Backers Say

Law360, New York (February 20, 2013, 8:32 PM EST) -- A proposed $5.2 billion, 600-megawatt hydroelectric dam could provide up to 50 percent of Alaska’s power needs and create stable electricity rates for 100 years, project managers told state legislators Wednesday.

Wayne Dyok, Alaska Energy Authority’s Susitna-Watana Hydro project manager, said at a meeting of the Alaska House of Representatives’ energy committee that, if approved, the 735-foot-tall dam could reach as many as 80 percent of the state’s electricity customers when it comes online in 2024.

“It also provides some diversification for your energy portfolio, and...
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