Homer utility ends Healy coal plant deal

Posted: Friday, May 15, 2009

FAIRBANKS - One of the three organizations involved in a plan to restart an inactive coal plant in Healy has backed out.

The Homer Electric Association's board voted 8-1 to end involvement with the Healy Clean Coal power plant.

The board passed a resolution to "begin transitioning away" from reliance on the 50 megawatt plant as a future power source.

The plant has been inactive for more than a decade since federal and state agencies built it as an experimental power project.

The association, along with Fairbanks-based Golden Valley Electric Association and the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority, announced plans in January to share electricity from the restarted plant.

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