Alaska Bulk Transmission Siting & Regulation(8-AK)
Developers of transmission lines and facilities are included under the regulation of public utilities in Alaska, and as such must obtain a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity from the Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA) if they qualify as a “public utility” and are seeking to sell excess capacity to the electrical grid. A “public utility” or “utility” includes every corporation whether public, cooperative, or otherwise, company, individual, or association of individuals, their lessees, trustees, or receivers appointed by a court, that owns, operates, manages, or controls any plant, pipeline, or system for furnishing, by generation, transmission, or distribution, electrical service to the public for compensation. If a CPCN is required, then developers must submit a completed application with RCA along with any required information. RCA will provide public notice of the application, and allow the public to comment. 3 AAC 48.645(a). RCA may approve or deny a CPCN request, and will outline reasons for any denial.
Determine Which State and Federal Permits Apply
Use this overview flowchart and following steps to learn which federal and state permits apply to your projects.
Permitting at a Glance
|Transmission Siting:||Alaska does not have a state comprehensive siting process for transmission project development.|
|Preemptive Authority:||The Regulatory Commission of Alaska has primary authority over public utilities siting transmission lines.|
|Regulated Entity Definition:||A public utility is defined as “every corporation whether public, cooperative, or otherwise, company, individual, or association of individuals…that owns, operates, manages or controls any plant, pipeline, or system for (A) furnishing, by generation, transmission, or distribution, electrical service to the public for compensation”. Alaska Stat. § 42.05.990.|
|Public Utility Certificate Threshold:||Public utilities may need a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to “…operate and receive compensation for providing a commodity or service…” Alaska Stat. § 42.05.221|
|Processing Timeframe:||There is no statutorily mandated timeframe for approval.|