Is Susitna-Watana Hydro the right size for Alaska’s power needs?

Yes, the proposed size of the Susitna-Watana Hydro Project is ideal for Alaska’s energy needs. The 705-foot dam will provide 2,800,000-megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity annually, roughly 50 percent of the electricity currently used by the Railbelt’s households and businesses. The Railbelt makes up 75 percent of the state’s overall population.

Together with smaller hydropower, wind, solar, geothermal and other renewable energy sources, Susitna-Watana Hydro will enable Alaska to achieve its 50 percent renewable electrical energy goal.