Thursday, October 25, 2007
HEA at a Crossroads
HEA buys its power from Chugach Electric, and that power supply agreement expires in 2014. So HEA is working now to line up new power sources. To date, HEA has focused primarily on coal-fired power, including the Healy coal plant (50MW) and a proposed coal-fired generator (100-200MW) in association with Agrium's coal gasification project. While Alaska has plentiful coal supplies (roughly half the nation's reserves), coal faces increasing costs, including proposed carbon taxes and mercury limits. So, the question becomes: what's the best way to provide HEA members with cost-effective, sustainable power supplies for the foreseeable future?