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Right Tree, Right Place

Planting evergreens can create a winter windbreak for your home, and planting trees which lose their leaves in the fall can provide shade in the summer while allowing the sun to shine through on short Alaskan winter days. If you are thinking of planting, choose the appropriate tree or shrub to minimize conflicts between trees and utility lines. And remember, planting in the utility easement can make it difficult for Chugach or other utilities to gain access and to maintain their facilities. The result could mean your landscaping might need to be moved or trimmed.

Eklutna Hydroelectric Project

As part of the sale of the Eklutna Hydroelectric Project, Chugach Electric Association,  Municipal Light & Power, and Matanuska Electric Association entered into a Fish & Wildlife Agreement in 1991 with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Marine Fisheries Service, and the State of Alaska.

Distribution Facilities Undergrounding Plan 2020 - 2024

On March 1, 2005, the Anchorage Assembly adopted certain revisions to Section 21.07.050, Utility Distribution Facilities, of the Anchorage Municipal Code. These revisions require an electric utility to “include as part of its annual capital improvement plan, a five-year undergrounding program” (21.07.050F1). In each of the years of this program the electric utility shall plan on expending “at least two percent of a three-year average of its annual gross retail revenues derived from utility service connections within the municipality” ((21.07.050G1a). This requirement means that Chugach Electric Association (Chugach) is required to spend approximately $3.8 million annually to underground existing overhead facilities. Over-expenditures or under expenditures may be carried over as an adjustment to the following year’s obligation.

In the development of the five-year undergrounding program the electric utility is allowed to choose which existing lines to underground. Specifically, priorities for the program “shall be based on undergrounding in conjunction with the electric utility’s essential system improvements and then by target area” (21.07.050F1).

The following document contains Chugach’s five-year undergrounding program. Overall, the plan calls for $34,210,000 to be expended on undergrounding existing overhead lines from 2020 to 2024, for an average of $6,842,000 annually. This amount is higher than the three-year average as several large projects were delayed over the last several years.

The projects were chosen taking into account Chugach's overall system needs and consideration of the designated target areas. The inclusion of a project within this plan does not guarantee that the project will be constructed in the designated year.

Cooper Lake Hydroelectric Project

In 2007, the Chugach Electric Association, Inc. (Chugach) Cooper Lake Hydroelectric Project was issued a new operating license (Project: FERC No. 2170). The Project is located near Cooper Landing on the Kenai Peninsula and provides power to Southcentral Alaska as part of Chugach's generating system. The first operating license for the Project was issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on May 1, 1957. The new 50-year license is scheduled to expire in 2057.