Regional Integrated Resource Plan out for public comment
December 6, 2009
This is a report by Sean Cockerham at the Anchorage Daily News on the recently released Regional Integrated Resource Plan(RIRP), which is now being circulated for public comment.
The much touted, multi-billion-dollar Susitna River dam makes less sense for Alaska than a smaller hydro project at Chakachamna Lake across Cook Inlet from Anchorage, a new state-funded study found. The study, however, noted that the far-less-expensive Chakachamna project faces uncertainties and gathering data on Susitna should not be abandoned until its feasibility is resolved. The study has been eagerly anticipated, and the governor and Legislature will use it in weighing policies and spending on Railbelt energy projects. Read more
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