Yesterday evening, GVEA’s Board of Directors gave the Eva Creek Wind Project a final nod of approval. The cooperative’s seven directors voted unanimously in favor of what will be the largest wind project in Alaska and the first by any Railbelt utility.
At 24-megawatts, Eva Creek will meet the board’s goal of having 20 percent of the system’s peak load generated by renewable resources by 2014. GVEA’s 2010 peak load was 208.1 MW.
This is really exciting news for Golden Valley and the Interior as a whole. GVEA has been researching wind in the Eva Creek area since 2003; we’ve done our due diligence. Eva Creek integrates well into GVEA’s system, helps reduce our dependence on oil and meets the cooperative’s renewable energy pledge.
The board announced REpower as the turbine manufacturer. A balance of plant contractor is expected to be selected within the next two weeks. For more information about the Eva Creek Wind Project, visit www.gvea.com.
UPDATED June 29
Governor Sean Parnell signed the Capital Budget approving both funding appropriations for Eva Creek for a total of $11.4 million. To see the budget, visit:
http://omb.alaska.gov/ombfiles/12_budget/PDFs/SB0046Z.pdf. Golden Valley and Eva Creek appear on pages 132 and 139.