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Alaska Geothermal Power Plant Siting, Construction, & Regulation(7-AK)

Developers must obtain a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) 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. CPCNs are not required for on-site electrical generation if the load is used entirely on-site. Developers may be exempt from CPCN requirements if the plant or facility generates electricity entirely from renewable energy resources, as defined in AS 42.45.045. Developers may also qualify for an exemption listed in AS 42.05.711, and thus would not be required to obtain a CPCN. If a CPCN is required, then the developer 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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Alaska Federal

Definition for Public Utility: 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.
Coordinating Permit Offices: Alaska Department of Natural Resources Large Project Coordination Office
Coordinating Permit Process: Contact the Alaska Department of Natural Resources for details.
Coordinating Permit Offices MW Threshold: None
Coordinating Permit Offices Agency: Alaska Department of Natural Resources
Coordinating Agencies: Not specified
Public Utility Regulatory Authority: Regulatory Commission of Alaska Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Public Utility Regulatory Authority Certification MW Threshold: None
Public Utility Definition for Power Generator: 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.

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