Juneau’s AEL&P to remain U.S.
Juneau’s Alaska Electric Light and Power will remain U.S.-owned, at least for now. Washington state regulators turned down a proposed $5.3 billion sale of AEL&P’s owner, Spokane-based Avista, to Canada’s Hydro One Ltd., which is based in Toronto. The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission ruled that Hydro One has not demonstrated sufficient independence and protection from political influence from its former owner and now 47 percent shareholder, the Ontario provincial government.
Delay for Tacoma LNG fueling
A key permit for a small liquefied natural gas, or LNG production facility at the Port of Tacoma intended to fuel TOTE cargo vessels converted to LNG has been delayed from 2019 to 2020. The $310 million plant itself is under construction. Puget Sound Energy, a regional gas utility, is developing the project. The company has a 25-year tidelands lease on 33 acres at the Tacoma port. The holdup of the air quality permit is mainly due to opposition to the project from local communities and tribal groups. The local Puyallup Tribe and others are questioning the safety of an LNG facility in an urban area. TOTE is a major general cargo supplier to Alaska. Once Tacoma’s facility is operating expanded sales of LNG is expected to vessels and coastal Alaska communities wanting to cut dependence on diesel.