With a request for the Regulatory Commission of Alaska to review operation reliability standards Doyon is asking them to review toward promoting open access. Chugach’s CEO stated, “We want to provide reliability and a standard for interconnected grid operations, while incorporating non-discriminatory open access.” It has been estimated that 3/4 of the state’s power is generated in the Railbelt region. The Intertie Management Committee who oversees the operation include: Alaska Energy Authority (statewide), Chugach Electric Association (Anchorage area), Golden Valley Electric Association (Fairbanks area), Matanuska Electric Association (MatSu Valley area) and Municipal Light & Power (Downtown Anchorage). The state-owned Alaska Intertie is a 170-mile, 345 kilovolt transmission line between Willow and Healy, Alaska. It also services the communities of Talkeetna, Trapper’s Creek, Cantwell and Denali National Park.
This will be a move to help reliability as well as diversity of vendors. Good news it is!