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Alaska Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (8-AK-c)

Under the Alaska Public Utilities Regulatory Act, transmission is included in Alaska's regulation of public utilities. According to AS 42.05.990(6), "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.

Therefore, as a utility, transmission facilities will be regulated under Alaska's Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) process by the Regulatory Commission of Alaska.


Hydropower

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has jurisdiction over the primary transmission lines for most hydroelectric projects. However, a developer may need to obtain a CPCN from the Commission for transmission line extension projects located outside of a FERC license boundary.


Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity Process

8-AK-c.1 - Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity

The Alaska CPCN process is explained in further detail in:

Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity:
7-AK-c




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