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A federal agency has put a proposed Fairbanks-area renewable-energy project on hold.

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Golden Valley Electric Association highlighted the utility’s new solar-energy array and its other renewable-energy efforts during Thursday’s annual members meeting. Completed last fall, it’s the biggest solar farm in Alaska, designed to power 70 homes. And now that it's spring, Golden Valley will finally be able to assess its performance.


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A Colorado-based company’s proposal to generate and sell 100 megawatts to Golden Valley Electric Association has devolved into a dispute involving state and federal energy agencies. Golden Valley officials say they’ve got concerns about Eco Green Generation’s hybrid renewable-energy proposal, so they’ve halted work on a tariff they’re required to file in response. State regulators have OK’d GVEA's request to suspend the tariff until federal regulators rule on the utility’s request to declare Eco Green is unqualified to submit the proposal.


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Golden Valley Electric Association has halted work on a study requested by a Colorado-based company and its Fairbanks partner that proposes to add 55 megawatts to the grid. Golden Valley President and CEO Cory Borgeson says GVEA last week suspended an interconnection study requested by Eco Green Generation until a federal agency certifies that the company meets requirements of a law that regulates independent power producers that generate electricity with renewable energy, like wind.


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Golden Valley Electric Association has pledged to reduce the amount of climate-changing carbon its power plants emit by 26 percent, based on 2012 levels, over the next 11 years. Members of environmental groups welcome the so-called Green Goals approved last week by Golden Valley’s board of directors. And they’re challenging the co-op to set its carbon-reduction goals even higher.


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The University of Alaska Fairbanks celebrated the completion of the campus’s $245 million power plant back in August, in anticipation the facility would be online by the end of the year. But UAF officials say a structural problem that was repaired last month and a faulty electrical component discovered last weekend will keep the plant from going online until spring.


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Golden Valley Electric Association is studying a Colorado-based company’s ambitious proposal to sell 55 megawatts of electricity generated by a hybrid-power system based mainly on wind. Officials with Eco Green Generation are proposing to build a new wind farm, an electricity-storing battery system and a series of small propane-powered backup generators around Fairbanks and the area’s three military installations.


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Golden Valley Electric Association will close a facility that processes coal ash produced by the Healy 1 power plant within five years, because it’s been leaking more toxic heavy metals into the area’s groundwater than federal regulations allow. Golden Valley also will come up with a plan to clean up groundwater contamination around the coal-fired power plant in Healy.


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The massive earthquake that hammered Anchorage on Friday also damaged the 170-mile transmission line known as the Intertie, which along with the Northern Intertie brings power from southeast Alaska into the Interior. Because of that, Golden Valley Electric Association has been running its backup generators to compensate for the 30 megawatts that GVEA is now unable to get over the Intertie.


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Golden Valley Electric Association customers will get refunds this month, either in the form of a check in the mail or a credit on their bills.

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