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FERC OKs rename of Alaska hydro project for tribal community

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved a licensee request to change the name of the 5-MW Reynolds Creek hydropower project to the Hiilangaay project, reflecting the wishes of the local tribal community in Alaska.

Reynolds Creek (No. 11480) was developed by Haida Energy Inc., a unit of village-owned Haida Corp., 10 miles east of Hydaburg, Alaska, on Prince of Wales Island. The project includes a 28-foot-long, 6-foot-tall diversion structure, a 3,200-foot-long penstock, a 5-MW powerhouse and a 12-mile transmission line.

Haida Corp. owns 75 percent of the project while Alaska Power & Telephone owns 25 percent. The Denali Commission and Alaska Energy Authority awarded $100,000 for pre-construction of the $11 million project in 2008.

“The local tribal community input indicates they would prefer HEI change the name of the project to reflect a previous name they have for the site, which is Hiilangaay,” FERC said in a license amendment order Aug. 11. “HEI respectfully requests that the license be amended to change the name of the project to Hiilangaay Hydroelectric Project.”