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Matanuska Power Plant

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Matanuska Electric Association (MEA) is Alaska’s oldest and second-largest electric cooperative. MEA currently purchases electricity from Chugach Electric Association according to a contract that expires in 2014. [1] The MEA board of directors had initially decided decided to build a 100 MW circulating fluidized bed coal plant; however, Sierra Club and Friends of Matsu began organizing opposition to the plant in April.[2] MEA spent $160,000 on a campaign to convince member-owners to support the plant.[3]

On Nov. 9, 2007, facing public opposition, MEA general manager Wayne Carmony sent a memo to board members, announcing plans by administrators to shelve plans for the Matanuska plant for at least five years; the board met on Dec. 11 to consider this proposal.[4]

Project Details

Sponsor: Matanuska Electric Association
Capacity: 100 MW
Type: Circulating fluidized bed
Projected in service: 2015
Status: Shelved (11/2007)

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References

  1. "Stopping the Coal Rush", Sierra Club, accessed January 2008. (This is a Sierra Club list of new coal plant proposals.)
  2. “Coal Plant Critics Urge MEA to say No”, Anchorage Daily News, June 1, 2007.
  3. "MEA Looks Beyond Coal Plant", Anchorage Daily News, November 14, 2007.
  4. “MEA to Shelve Coal Plan for At Least Five Years” Anchorage Daily News, November 10, 2007.

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