Concept Vision

This proposed run-of-river concept will generate year-round and produce up to 12 MWs of power, depending on the season and associated river flow. Electricity and optical fiber would be provided to the communities of Dillingham, Aleknagik, Koliganek, New Stuyahok, Ekwok and Levelock, also supporting the electric and communications needs of Bristol Bay’s incredible wild salmon industry in these communities. Project generation potential has been estimated using over 60 years of federally collected site-specific flow data. Based upon this analysis, the seasonal generation capacity matches, or exceeds, the demand for power in these communities. This project will replace up to 1.5 million gallons of diesel fuel annually. Hydroelectric projects in Alaska have a successful history of providing electric rate reduction, reduced dependence on fossil fuels, carbon emissions mitigation and longevity. Several hydro facilities in Alaska have been in operation for more than a century and many more are currently displaying the same type of longevity potential. We believe the combination of renewable energy and increased broadband access will provide the basis for economic and social improvement and growth in the region for generations to come.

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Concept Overview

This Nuyakuk River Concept location provides many advantages for low-impact hydroelectric development. Twenty Six feet of elevation drop occurs rapidly through a series of falls in a 2500’ stretch of river. The location of these falls at an oxbow (bend) would allow for a flow diversion of only 1500’ without the need for a dam. Our intent is to meet generation goals while at the same time having minimal negative impact on the environment. Key project characteristics include:

  • Natural topographic and hydrologic features that benefit diversion and reintroduction of flow
  • Vast upstream lake system that captures 1544 square miles of watershed and acts as a natural sediment trap
  • Low visual impact site with minimal project footprint
  • No disturbance of the natural course of the river
  • Short bypass reach (portion of the river that is affected) through falls area that possesses limited to no rearing or spawning habitat
  • Potentially positive impact for upstream fish passage through the bypass reach via reduction of high water velocities that currently create intermittent velocity barriers during key migration periods
Concept Status

UPDATES

Nuyakuk River Hydroelectric Concept (FERC No. 14873) ARWG Meeting

On June 8, 2022, Nushagak Cooperative hosted a public meeting in Dillingham, Alaska. During the meeting, the Cooperative and members of the Aquatics Resources Working Group (ARWG) presented updates regarding the status of the Nuyakuk Project licensing and feasibility study process and information about the added Economic Decision Support Tool (eDST) that is currently under development. Community members had the opportunity to share their comments and questions with the Cooperative and the ARWG during the meeting. Presentations given at the meeting and meeting notes are available at the links below. The Cooperative will continue to work closely with the region as a whole and the local communities therein.  We will host additional meetings in the coming months. Once scheduled, meeting notices will be posted here.

Nuaykuk Project Public Meeting Presentation 06-08-2022

Feasibility Study CommunityMtg 8Jun2022

Nuyakuk Public Mtg Notes 06-08-2022

FERC granted NETC’s request for a 30-day extension of time to file comments on the PSP, with a due date of June 30, 2022

Comments can be filed online via FERC’s website at: 
  • FERC Online - Home Page
  • You must register for a FERC account before you can submit comments.
  • Use either the e-filing or e-comment option.
  • Use Project Identifier - P-14873 to enter comments on the concept.

Proposed Study Plan (PSP) Update March 2022

On March 2, 2022, NETC filed the Proposed Study Plan (PSP) with FERC with a request to re-initiate the Integrated Licensing Process (ILP) for the Concept. During the ILP abeyance (June 2020 – March 2022), NETC collaboratively advanced the Concept feasibility assessment by forming an Aquatic Resources Working Group (ARWG) including local and regional technical experts. This group met on a regular basis beginning in 2020 and has worked to collaboratively revise the Proposed Study Plan, making it more quantitative in nature and refining proposed to studies to more comprehensively assess the impacts to key aquatic species in the Concept area. NETC also held a series of public meetings in September 2021 and following these meetings, distributed a draft PSP to the entire Concept contact list for review and comment. NETC then revised the PSP based on comments received on the draft PSP distribution. In the PSP filing with FERC, NETC requested a 30-day extension to the PSP comment period, to allow time to conduct a site visit in late May or June 2022. The site visit will likely assist in further definition of specific methodologies to be implemented during the study program that will take place in 2023 and 2024, and the Revised Study Plan (due to FERC in late July 2022) will incorporate information gathered during the site visit.

On March 10, 2022, FERC lifted the ILP abeyance and provided NETC with a process plan and schedule that specifies dates for ILP milestones. Additionally, FERC granted NETC’s request for a 30-day extension of time to file comments on the PSP, with a due date of June 30, 2022. Comments can be filed online via FERC’s website at: FERC Online - Home Page  Page using either the e-filing or e-comment option.

PSP cover letter & request for ILP re-initiation

PSP document

March 10, 2022 FERC ILP Process Plan and Schedule