by the All Alaska Energy Project to
build a high-voltage direct current concept that would connect the state using
efficient transmission lines.
“Up till now, all the projects visualized a future that was a carbon copy of
the current,” Kohler says. That is, she
explained, that other proposed projects do little to capitalize on the state’s
abundant natural resources.
“This offered the ability to capitalize on those resources … and no other
project does that,” she says.
Building a Statewide
The plan hinges on a large (two thousand megawatt) gas-fired power plant
at the North Slope.
That initial phase is estimated to cost
$2.5 billion. Proponents say it would
allow North Slope producers to take
stranded gas to market and create a
long-term, sustainable market for it.
The large plant would make energy production more efficient and more cost
effective than smaller, community-op-erated, diesel-run power plants. Emissions would be reduced and the plant
could integrate Arctic wind resources,
according to the All Alaska Energy
The delivered power cost is estimated
at a nickel per kilowatt-hour, compared
to the estimated $0.58 to $1.05 per kilowatt-hour cost many rural energy customers pay.
The second phase, with an estimated
price tag of $1.65 billion, would transmit the power via a high-voltage, direct current line the four hundred-plus
miles south from the North Slope to
Fairbanks. According to the All Alaska
Energy Project, the transmission line
would be adequate to serve both Fort
Knox gold mine and the Livengood
mining district, in addition to residents served by Golden Valley Electric
The third phase would extend the
high-voltage transmission line west to
the Kotzebue and Nome area, a distance
of more than three hundred miles. The
phase is estimated to cost $900 million and would result in an estimated
delivered power cost of between twelve
and seventeen cents, depending on how
much power is being transmitted. The
Energy Project reports that the line
Alaska’s Infrastructure Experts
arctic-grade cranes | pile foundations | civil construction | communication towers | bulk fuel systems | power generation construction | wind turbines