Cooperative will not buy Air Force power plant

A Fairbanks-based rural power cooperative will not buy an Air Force generating plant put up for sale at its station in Clear.

An official with Golden Valley Electric Association says the expense and environmental hurdles are not worth the trouble.

Clear is 80 miles south of Fairbanks. The Air Force is connecting the Clear station to the power grid between Fairbanks and Anchorage and earlier this year put its 22.5-megawatt power plant up for sale.

The deadline for bidding closed Dec. 7 and GVEA did not bid.

GVEA vice president for transmission Mike Wright tells the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that the plant’s size means it wouldn’t provide the same efficiency as the cooperative’s larger coal plants.

He also says Clear’s plant will need a new operating permit in 2014.