Copper Valley Electric Celebrates the Completion of the Allison Creek Hydroelectric Project
On Wednesday, October 5, 2016, Copper Valley Electric Association (CVEA) was joined by a group of roughly 60 people, including Governor Bill Walker, Senator John Coghill, Mayor Ruthie Knight, current and past CVEA Board members, and several key project contributors, to celebrate the completion of the Allison Creek Hydroelectric Project.
The group enjoyed tours of the powerhouse, through the tunnel, and up the mountain to the diversion structure, as well as a commissioning ceremony and powerhouse dedication. CVEA COO, Travis Million, delivered an informative presentation that outlined the major components and specialized nature of the project as well as challenges the project encountered along the way. His presentation was followed by an upbeat video capturing moments from the start of the project to the finish, and congratulatory remarks from Walker, Coghill, and Knight.
Following the ceremony was a powerhouse dedication unveiling a stainless steel plaque containing names of key contributors, and each of them were presented with a commemorative 'key to the project'.
The celebration wrapped up as CVEA Board President Paul Kildal flipped the switch, officially moving the project from construction to commercial power generation.
The 6.5mega-watt hydroelectric project will move the cooperative one step closer to its vision of reducing or eliminating the cooperative's dependence on liquid fossil fuel for power generation and stabilizing the cost of generation with regional, sustainable resources.
The project promises to displace 725,000 gallons of fuel annually, eliminate 12,000 tons of emissions each year, allow Solomon gulch Lake to store more water going into the winter, generate 15 million kWhs to increase CVEA's renewable energy portfolio from 55-69% of total generation requirements, and provide benefits for generations to come.
For questions, project details, and construction images, please visit allisoncreekhydro.cveahydro.org.