Abandoned on an iceberg and shoved off to sea, the Juneau Hydropower (JH) project at Sweetheart Lake was given a cold shoulder by the Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA) on Feb. 9. The shovel-ready 19.8-MW project made a written request for interconnection to the state-owned Snettisham transmission line in October 2016. Alaska regulations require economically regulated electric utilities to file an interconnection, integration, purchases, and sales tariff within 60 days of the date they receive a written interconnection request from a qualifying facility like Sweetheart Lake.

The management contract on the Snettisham line is held by Alaska Electric Light and Power (AEL&P), which is wholly owned by Avisa, an out-of-state corporation that is in negotiations to

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