STATUS: Postponed in 2007 until at least 2012
OPPOSITION: City of Matanuska; Sierra Club; Friends of Mat-Su
BACKGROUND: The Palmer-based electric cooperative planned to build two 100-megawatt power plants, one fired by coal for base power and another by natural gas for peak demand. In November 2007, Matanuska announced plans to shelve the $200 million project for five years citing "anti-local-power sentiments" held by local elected officials and a spike in coal-related construction costs. This was in response to a municipal ordinance passed by the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly in August 2007 that effectively banned construction of coal-fired power plants.
LAST UPDATED: November 5, 2010