Alaska Region (HUC 19)

The estimation for hydropower potential from new stream-reach development (NSD) for the state of Alaska was completed by reviewing historical reconnaissance and feasibility reports on all of Alaska hydropower sites. Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) was responsible, with the help and collaboration from Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) and the Corps of Engineers (COE) Anchorage office, to organize, consolidate, and screen a master database provided by AEA. The master database included over 2,000 sites with respective hydropower related characteristics. References from 400 reports of hydro projects dated 1947 to 2011 were checked and evaluated for each project listed in the master database. With the approval from AEA and collaboration and help from the COE, ORNL created a list of feasible projects representing the state’s feasible hydropower potential. The final result of the analysis and evaluation was based on several levels of screening criteria. See the information below for the reported final hydropower potential from new stream-reach development for the state of Alaska:

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Figure 1. Total estimated NSD potential feasible for development in Alaska.

Summary of NSD Findings – Region 19 Alaska


Capacity (MW)
Total NSD Potential 4,723


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