Alaska Power cancels Yukon River hydrokinetic project

Alaska Power & Telephone Co. has cancelled its 100-kW Yukon River hydrokinetic project, saying it is not feasible with current technology.

This project was to be located on the Yukon River in Eagle, Alaska, near the Canadian border. It was intended to provide electricity to remote communities, such as Eagle and nearby Eagle Village.

In August 2010, the company began testing a 25-kW turbine unit manufactured by New Energy Corp.

Actual work on the project began in 2007 with extensive biologic and hydrosonic data collection and field survey work. In March 2008, Alaska Power & Telephone submitted notice of intent to file for a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission pilot license to test the hydrokinetic project.

Funding in the form of a $3.2 million grant was received from the Denali Commission of Alaska.

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