BETHEL, Alaska — The Federal Aviation Administration has called off an Alaska electric cooperative’s plan to build a wind turbine near Bethel.
The Alaska Village Electric Cooperative learned Friday that it will not be able to build the turbine off Bethel’s BIA road, KYUK-AM reported (http://bit.ly/2xJxYOG ).
The 350-foot (107-meter) turbine was denied due to “navigational air space conditions.”
The denial comes two days after the cooperative held a meeting in Bethel to tell the public about its project. But officials are now looking for a new space, which could take a few months, according to the cooperative.
The plan was for the turbine to produce about 6 percent of the annual electricity demand for Bethel, Napakiak and Oscarville. That demand will increase when the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation expansion project is completed.
The cooperative wanted to build a gravel road to the site and pour a concrete pad. The wind turbine was scheduled to go up next year.
Information from: KYUK-AM, http://www.kyuk.org