Chugach Electric halts study for Snow River hydroelectric project

map from Chugach Electric Association website

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Chugach Electric Association has completely halted plans to construct a hydroelectric plant along the Snow River on the Kenai Peninsula, the utility announced on Thursday.

The decision comes after a string of meetings with local communities and governments, two of which happened this week. In a press release, the utility said, “The early public process led to the conclusion that the project is not consistent with Chugach’s strategic goals.”

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“We’ve heard from many Alaskans who do not want us to study this option, and we appreciate and respond to those voices and concerns,” wrote Chugach CEO Lee Thibert in a statement.

Chugach Electric began studying the possibility of a hydroelectric project along the river last month, after receiving a permit from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The area had been previously identified for its potential, the utility said.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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