Dam project draws attention to renewable goal
The state in 2010 adopted an energy policy that set a goal of having 50 percent Alaska’s electric generation come from renewable and alternative energy sources by 2025.
Many believe the likeliest way to achieve that is a major project in south-central Alaska, like the proposed Susitna-Watana hydro project. But the project is far from assured.
Rep. Bill Stoltze last week said he didn’t see a commitment from Gov. Sean Parnell’s administration for the renewable goal.
Stoltze later said his comments were more of a political challenge, borne of a desire to have more open discussion on projects.
A Parnell spokeswoman says the state remains committed to the renewable energy goal as demonstrated by investments in and ongoing work on the Susitna project and other hydro and wind projects.