GVEA Seeks Clarification on Qualifying Facility Status of Eco Green Generation’s Proposed Project

GVEA has been advised by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that it has no record of Eco Green Generation LLC’s (EGG) application for status as a qualifying facility (QF). Consequently, Golden Valley Electric Association (GVEA) has suspended further work on its compliance filing with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA).

GVEA has requested EGG to provide appropriate documentation regarding its FERC certification as a QF. GVEA received an interconnection request from EGG in a letter dated December 26, which indicated that its project was a FERC-certified QF. Under regulations adopted by the RCA, utilities must consider interconnection requests from QFs projects.

“We’ve suspended our interconnection study, pending an appropriate response from EGG,” said Cory Borgeson, GVEA’s President and CEO. “These types of filings consume a great deal of staff time and expense borne directly by our members. Before any more time is invested, we want to make sure EGG is a FERC-certified qualifying facility.”

If EGG seeks FERC certification, FERC will determine if EGG’s proposal (which consists of eleven different fossil fuel-fired generators scattered throughout the Fairbanks North Star Borough and wind turbines located in Delta) meets the requirements and intent of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA).

Not only are we concerned about EGG’s proposal meeting the technical requirements of FERC, we have environmental concerns. EGG’s proposed project will burn fossil fuels (e.g., LNG, propane and/or diesel fuel) within the Fairbanks and North Pole areas, which could have an adverse impact on PM 2.5 levels.

“Our doors are open to independent power producers,” Borgeson said. “We are always looking for projects that lessen the environmental impact of providing GVEA members with safe, reliable energy without raising our members’ rates.

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Note:  Additional documents are available to read on this subject:

  • To read the Feb 6, 2019 letter from GVEA counsel McDowell Rackner Gibson PC to Eco Green Generation LLC, which explains the same contents in this press release, click here.
  • To read the Jan 4, 2019 press release that GVEA posted on their blog, click here.

(Posted to GVEA's Blog on Feb 7, 2019.)

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