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Energy authority wants more time for dam filing

By Associated Press 11:21 AM January 7, 2014

AEA spokeswoman Emily Ford says the $10 million proposed by Gov. Sean Parnell for next year's budget isn't enough to get through a full field season.

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The Alaska Energy Authority wants more time to file with federal regulators an initial study report for the massive proposed Susitna-Watana dam project.

AEA spokeswoman Emily Ford says the $10 million proposed by Gov. Sean Parnell for next year’s budget isn’t enough to get through a full field season. AEA wanted $110 million.

While the Legislature might provide more funding, Ford says AEA will have to reprioritize its project plans based on currently available funds and Parnell’s budget proposal.

AEA faces a Feb. 3 deadline to file an initial study report with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. AEA has proposed filing a draft by then and a final report in June.

Parnell declined to provide more funding, saying he had wanted to see more progress first in land-access negotiations.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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