CVEA Power Plants

Cogeneration Project

Cogeneration Project

The CVEA Cogeneration Plant is a state-of-the-art facility located at the Petro Star Valdez Refinery. It is a five-megawatt Solar turbine and heat recovery unit that utilizes "light straight run" as its fuel source and provides exhaust heat to the attached crude heater, for Petro Star's use in the refining process. The plant was completed in the spring of 2000 and is remotely controlled from the Solomon Gulch hydroelectric facility.

Glennallen Diesel Plant

Glennallen Diesel Plant

The Glennallen Diesel Plant (GDP) is the oldest of CVEA's three thermal plants. It has expanded over the years to meet the needs of our customers. The available generation capacity of the plant is 11 megawatts. The GDP houses a total of seven diesel engines; three Fairbanks Morse 38D8 1/8 opposed piston units, two Enterprise DSR 46 units, one Caterpillar 3516B, and one EMD unit with a capacity of 2.8 megawatts. The five largest units are remotely controlled from the Solomon Gulch hydroelectric facility.

Valdez Diesel Plant

Valdez Diesel Plant

The Valdez Diesel Plant (VDP) was constructed after the 1964 Good Friday Earthquake that caused the City of Valdez to relocate to its present location. The plant houses one Fairbanks Morse 38D8 1/8 opposed piston unit, three Enterprise DSR 46 units, and a trailer-mounted Solar Centaur turbine unit. The available generation capacity of this plant is 8.9 megawatts.  The three largest units are remotely controlled from the Solomon Gulch hydroelectric facility. On May 11, 1996, the substation connected to the Valdez Diesel Plant was dedicated to Don Raymond Smith, a 20-year CVEA Lineman who passed away. The substation is now named the Don Smith Substation, a sign, plaque, and Don's climbing hooks and hardhat were bronzed and mounted to the plaque in memory of Don.

Solomon Gulch Hydroelectric Facility

Solomon Gulch Hydroelectric Facility

Previously owned by the Four Dam Pool Power Agency, CVEA acquired ownership of the Solomon Gulch hydroelectric facility in February 2009. The 12-megawatt Solomon Gulch hydroelectric facility is located on Dayville Road in Valdez.  Power is generated by two Fuji Francis water turbines.  The facility began providing power to CVEA customers in 1982. CVEA operates its dispatch center from this facility.  The plant is manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Plant operators are responsible for the operation of up to four generation plants at one time via remote control operations.  From the hydro plant, operators can start and stop units in any or all of CVEA's three generation facilities:  Glennallen diesel, Valdez diesel, or the cogeneration plant, as well as the hydro project.

Transmission Line

CVEA's service areas are tied together with a 106-mile, 138-kilovolt transmission line that is owned and operated by CVEA. The transmission line provides the link to all four generating plants.  Power can flow from any of the generating facilities to end consumers.  Historically, power flows from the Solomon Gulch hydro plant to the Copper Basin district during the summer months.The transmission line traverses severe terrain between the two districts and parts of it, in the Thompson Pass area, have severe avalanche risk.  The transmission line was last damaged by an avalanche in December, 2009.  CVEA is currently going through the process to relocate part of the transmission line.

CVEA Transmission Line - In the Line of Fire

Plant tours are available. 

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