AEL&P sale subject of special Assembly meeting

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - A special meeting of the Assembly is set for Monday evening to debate the ordinance calling for the appropriation of $75,000 to cover the cost of intervening in the proceedings of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska as it takes up the proposed sale of Alaska Electric, Light and Power's parent company to Hydro One of Canada.

    Mayor Ken Koelsch addressed the matter in this fashion while on Action Line Friday.  "We did two thing.  We said we want to intervene, but we also want to take a set of concerns forward and if we can gets those fixed, then why should we intervene in the process."  The mayor added that several items for which they are seeking assurances are not part of the RCA hearing process.

    Those concerns include the ownership status of the Snettisham Hydroelectric Dam facility after the current bonds expire; the fifty-five commitments that the joint applicants made in other jurisdictions; the willingness of Hydro One to articulate the process for non-discriminatory access to AEL&P's electric system for energy product developers; the potential to have AEL&P perform integral resource planning for the electric utility with participation input from the citizens of Juneau; and the ability to have a public forum in Juneau.

    The mayor added that they have received responses back on all of those concerns during negotiations.  He pointed out that the local government has already sent in the appeal to intervene and he assumes  the Assembly will decide during the special meeting whether   "We have already sent in whether to stop it or continue with the filing.

    The special meeting convenes at 5:30 in Assembly Chambers at City Hall.

    Two other forums related to the electric utility purchase are scheduled Tuesday.

    Representatives  of the utility, its parent company AVISTA and Hydro One will be available to meet with the public and the Assembly to answer questions.  That's scheduled at 6:30 in the Miller Room of Centennial Hall and precedes a Regulatory Commission of Alaska public conference at 7 on the proposed purchase.  The RCA forum will take place in Ballroom 3 of Centennial Hall.


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