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February 20, 2014

Does Alaska still need to build a $5.2B dam?

  • Critics say it's time to talk about what impact one project, like a natural gas line, could have on another, like the 735-foot-tall Susitna hydro complex.
    Associated Press

    JUNEAU, Alaska — In 2010, the state adopted an energy policy that, among other things, set a goal of having 50 percent Alaska's electric generation come from renewable and alternative energy sources by 2025.

    The likeliest way to reach the goal is widely believed to include a major project in south-central Alaska, the proposed Susitna-Watana hydro complex. But the project, which critics see as unnecessary with the state pursuing a natural gas pipeline, is far from assured.

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