Alaska seeks management support to evaluate hydropower projects

The Alaska Energy Authority seeks bids to provide project management support for a program to analyze and compare proposed hydropower projects in the Railbelt area, along the Alaska road system from Homer to the North Pole. Bids are due July 28.

The Alaska Legislature appropriated $10 million to the Alaska Energy Authority in fiscal year 2011 for Railbelt hydroelectric generation feasibility review, planning, preliminary design, and permit review. The scope may include planning, design, permitting, and field work for the 1,620-MW Susitna project on the Susitna River, the 330-MW Chakachamna project (No. 12660) on the Chakachamna River, the 75-MW Glacier Fork project (No. 13327) on the Knik River, and other potential sites.

Alaska withdrew a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission hydro license application for Susitna (No. 7114) in 1986, saying the project was not economically feasible. The Legislature revived studies of the project in 2008. The Denali Commission and Alaska Energy Authority awarded $100,000 to TDX Power in 2008 for studies of Chakachamna. (Hydro Review March 2009)

The energy authority said not all projects are likely to proceed with continued state funding. As a result, projects will be further evaluated and compared to determine which have the greatest likelihood of success based on refined cost estimates, more detailed project scopes, schedules, permits, energy use, transmission, and financing.

The current solicitation seeks an individual or company with hydro permitting experience to provide project management support to the authority in comparing the Railbelt projects. Work will include assistance in recruiting other consultants, within the next four to eight weeks, to develop a decision document recommending those projects that might warrant additional state investment.

The current solicitation involves work to develop and review requests for proposals for additional consultants, evaluation of contractor proposals, and coordination with other entities. Funding for the work is expected to be between $100,000 and $300,000 over the initial performance period of 24 months. The work would include an option to renew for three 12-month periods.

A request for proposals notice may be obtained from the Alaska Energy Authority Internet site at http://notes3.state.ak.us/pn/pubnotic.nsf/0/c52e2d99c1f4ab108925776000715e41/$FILE/RFP+AEA+Hydro+Support+Final.pdf. An RFP and associated contract documents may be obtained from the address below.

Bids, in four copies, are due by 4 p.m. July 28 to the address below. For information, contact Althea Clapp, Procurement Manager, Alaska Energy Authority, 813 W. Northern Lights Blvd., Anchorage, AK 99503; (1) 907-269-3018; E-mail: aclapp@aidea.org; Internet: www.aidea.org/aea.

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