GVEA approves Alaska’s largest wind project for Healy area 

by Jeff Richardson for Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, June 28, 2011

FAIRBANKS — After years of study, debate and anticipation, Golden Valley Electric Association is officially in the wind power business.

The GVEA board voted unanimously Monday to approve the $90 million Eva Creek project, a 24.6 megawatt turbine farm planned near Healy. With an planned launch date of September 2012, the utility-owned project will be the biggest wind-power source in Alaska.

“I have no question we’re doing the right thing,” said board chairman Bill Nordmark. “This is going to be a good project.”

GVEA has eyed a renewable source of wind energy for years, using much of the past decade to collect wind data at Eva Creek to see if it would be a suitable location. The turbines are engineered specifically for cold-weather conditions found in Interior Alaska, said Mike Wright, the GVEA vice president of transmission and distribution.

But even with board approval, Eva Creek isn’t quite a done deal.

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