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Alaska Geothermal 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.

Local Process
Any developers seeking to build transmission lines in Alaska must also seek permits and/or approval from the local authorities as to location of the lines.

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Permitting at a Glance

Alaska Federal

Transmission Siting Agency: Regulatory Commission of Alaska Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Transmission Siting: In Alaska, public utilities are required to obtain a CPCN from the Regulatory Commission of Alaska unless exempted through AS 42.05.711. [1]
Public Utility Definition for Transmission Facility: In Alaska, "public 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. See AS 42.05.990(5) for additional information. [2]

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List of Reference Sources

  1. AS 42.05.711, Alaska Public Utilities Regulatory Act Exemptions (2013).
  2. AS 42.05.990, Alaska Public Utilities Regulatory Act Definitions (2013).
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