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Matanuska Electric Association, AK

STATUS: Postponed in 2007 until at least 2012

TYPE: Coal

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.

LINKS:  http://www.adn.com/2008/11/30/607203/mea-board-raises-ante-in-power.html

LAST UPDATED: November 5, 2010