Regulators weigh Fire Island wind generation project
July 18, 2011
Developer asks for decision by Sept. 15.
by Wesley Loy for Anchorage Daily News, July 16th, 2011
Alaska utility regulators are weighing a proposed contract between the state’s largest electric power company and a wind farm developer. The developer says a prompt decision is vital to allow construction to begin in time to qualify for key federal grants.
The wind farm is planned for Fire Island, in Cook Inlet near Anchorage’s international airport. The developer is Fire Island Wind LLC, a subsidiary of Cook Inlet Region Inc., the Southcentral Alaska Native corporation. The power buyer is Anchorage-based Chugach Electric Association.
Now the deal is before the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, which has been asked to approve an agreement between Chugach and Fire Island Wind.