Alaska Power & Telephone Co. files for hydroelectric transmission line

Alaska Power & Telephone Co. unit Soule Hydro applied for a presidential permit to construct and operate the first electric transmission line crossing the U.S. border delivering Alaska-based renewable energy into Canada.

On March 18, 2013, Soule Hydro filed an application with the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability of the Department of Energy (DOE) for a presidential permit as required by Executive Order (EO 10485) to allow for the construction of international electrical transmission facilities between the U.S. and a foreign country.

Soule Hydro proposes to construct and operate a high-voltage alternating current (HVAC) hydroelectric transmission line that is to originate at the Soule River, on Portland Canal in Southeast Alaska, and continue to the BC Hydro Stewart Substation on the north side of Stewart, British Columbia. It would occupy federal land administered by the Ketchikan-Misty Fjords Ranger District of the U.S. Forest Service and would be capable of transmitting up to 77.4 MW of power.

The Alaska portion of the project would be an 8-mile long, 138 kV HVAC 3-phase submarine cable that would be laid on the floor of Portland Canal before crossing the International Boundary off the community of Hyder, Alaska, where it would extend another 2 miles to land at Stewart, B.C. Arrow Dock.

The transmission line would eventually transition to overhead and terminate at the BC Hydro Stewart Substation about 2.5 miles from the cable landing. Soule Hydro represents that the Project’s precise final route would be subject to a number of factors, including resource issues, permitting, land acquisition, and stakeholder agreement.

The nearly 8-mile-long portion of the project located within the U.S. as well as the approximately 4.5 miles of transmission infrastructure in Canada would be owned and operated by Soule Hydro. Soule Hydro is a limited liability corporation, organized and existing in the State of Delaware. Alaska Power & Telephone Co. (AP&T) is the parent Co. and sole shareholder for Soule Hydro.

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