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Alaska Bulk Transmission Transmission & Interconnection(8-AK)

Developers of transmission lines and facilities are included under the regulation of public utilities in Alaska, and as such must obtain a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity from the Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA) if they qualify as a “public utility” and are seeking to sell excess capacity to the electrical grid. A “public utility” or “utility” includes every corporation whether public, cooperative, or otherwise, company, individual, or association of individuals, their lessees, trustees, or receivers appointed by a court, that owns, operates, manages, or controls any plant, pipeline, or system for furnishing, by generation, transmission, or distribution, electrical service to the public for compensation. If a CPCN is required, then developers must submit a completed application with RCA along with any required information. RCA will provide public notice of the application, and allow the public to comment. 3 AAC 48.645(a). RCA may approve or deny a CPCN request, and will outline reasons for any denial.

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Determine Which State and Federal Permits Apply

Use this overview flowchart and following steps to learn which federal and state permits apply to your projects.

Permitting at a Glance

Alaska Federal

State or Preemptive Authority: The state retains preemptive authority over right-of-way leasing of state land for transmission purposes. Alaska Stat. § 38.35.010(b).
Transmission Siting Agency: Regulatory Commission of Alaska
Transmission Siting Process: Transmission developers seeking to sell electricity are regulated as public utilities and must obtain a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity from the Regulatory Commission of Alaska. Developers must submit an application that is subject to notice, comment, and then ultimate approval by the Commission.
Transmission Siting Threshold: A Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity is required for a "public utility" or "utility" seeking to sell excess capacity to the electric grid.
Siting Act: Alaska does not have an explicit siting act.
Regulated Entity Definition: A "public utility" or "utility" includes every corporation whether public, cooperative, or otherwise, company, individual, or association of individuals, their lessees, trustees, or receivers appointed by a court, that owns, operates, manages, or controls any plant, pipeline, or system for furnishing, by generation, transmission, or distribution, electrical service to the public for compensation. AS 42.05.990(6).
Public Utility Regulatory Authority Certification Transmission Threshold: Commencement of utility operations and receiving compensation for providing servces to customers.
Permit Processing Timeframe: The Commission must issue a final order, approving or disapproving the developer’s application for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity, no later than 180 days after the Commission determines the developer’s application is complete. Alaska Stat. Ann. § 42.05.175.

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