GVEA Seeks Clarification on Qualifying Facility Status of Eco Green Generation’s Proposed Project

GVEA has been advised by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that it has no record of Eco Green Generation LLC’s (EGG) application for status as a qualifying facility (QF). Consequently, Golden Valley Electric Association (GVEA) has suspended further work on its compliance filing with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA).

GVEA has requested EGG to provide appropriate documentation regarding its FERC certification as a QF. GVEA received an interconnection request from EGG in a letter dated December 26, which indicated that its project was a FERC-certified QF. Under regulations adopted by the RCA, utilities must consider interconnection requests from QFs projects.

“We’ve suspended our interconnection study, pending an appropriate response from EGG,” said Cory Borgeson, GVEA’s President and CEO. “These types of filings consume a great deal of staff time and expense borne directly by our members. Before any more time is invested, we want to make sure EGG is a FERC-certified qualifying facility.”

If EGG seeks FERC certification, FERC will determine if EGG’s proposal (which consists of eleven different fossil fuel-fired generators scattered throughout the Fairbanks North Star Borough and wind turbines located in Delta) meets the requirements and intent of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA).

Not only are we concerned about EGG’s proposal meeting the technical requirements of FERC, we have environmental concerns. EGG’s proposed project will burn fossil fuels (e.g., LNG, propane and/or diesel fuel) within the Fairbanks and North Pole areas, which could have an adverse impact on PM 2.5 levels.

“Our doors are open to independent power producers,” Borgeson said. “We are always looking for projects that lessen the environmental impact of providing GVEA members with safe, reliable energy without raising our members’ rates.

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Note:  Additional documents are available to read on this subject:

  • To read the Feb 6, 2019 letter from GVEA counsel McDowell Rackner Gibson PC to Eco Green Generation LLC, which explains the same contents in this press release, click here.
  • To read the Jan 4, 2019 press release that GVEA posted on their blog, click here.

(Posted to GVEA's Blog on Feb 7, 2019.)

GVEA Sets Goal to Reduce Carbon Emissions by 26% by 2030

Golden Valley Electric Association (GVEA) has set a goal to reduce its carbon output by 26 percent by the year 2030.

The board of directors adopted the Carbon Reduction Goal at its January 21 meeting in Fairbanks.

The 26 percent reduction will be measured against GVEA’s 2012 emission levels. The resolution gives management a variety of ways to achieve the reductions, including renewable energy, waste-heat recovery, demand-side management, alternative fuels and energy storage. The co-op may also reach its goal via carbon off-sets.

“The board recognizes there are many ways to reduce emissions besides large-scale renewable power projects,” said Cory Borgeson, Golden Valley President and CEO. “This new goal demonstrates their willingness to look at a variety of ways to lessen our environmental impact.”

The resolution promises to achieve the goal without adverse long-term effects on rates or reliability.

“We are going to keep a very close eye on costs, so our members don’t see higher bills as a result of this goal,” said Rick Schikora, GVEA’s board chairman.

The resolution also calls on management to consider the cost of carbon emissions when evaluating fuel contracts and future projects. The board has requested semi-annual updates on the co-op’s carbon emission performance.

This is the third in a series of “green goals” set by the GVEA board. In 2005, the board adopted Alaska’s first “Green Power Pledge,” calling for 10 percent of system peak load to come from renewable sources by the end of 2007. After achieving that goal, the board raised the target to 20 percent. GVEA hit that mark in 2013 with the addition the Eva Creek Wind Farm near Healy.

GVEA’s new Carbon Reduction Goal represents a year of study and preparation by the GVEA board, staff and the Member Advisory Committee (MAC). GVEA will present more details at its annual members meeting the evening of Thursday, May 2, at Hering Auditorium in Fairbanks.

(Posted to GVEA's Blog on Jan 24, 2019.)

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