Alaska lawmaker revives study on Susitna Dam project
October 5, 2009
A dam on the Susitna River is one of several options being talked about for a long-term energy solution for Southcentral Alaska. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports on a state-funded study due out next spring on the idea and includes an interesting historical timeline that dates the first recommendation for the dam back to 1961.
Talk of the long-discussed proposal to dam the Susitna River for electricity is again circling Fairbanks. Democratic Sen. Joe Thomas is presenting details of the proposal to groups in Fairbanks three months before next spring’s legislative session. And state energy specialists are studying the project more than two decades after a 1980s economic bust left plans on the shelf. Read more