Bethel Power Plant

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{{#Badges: CoalSwarm}} Nuvista is a non-profit organization formed by Calista Corporation, the Alaska Native Regional Corporation for the area, to function as a regional generation and transmission utility. The Bethel Power Plant was initially proposed to power the Donlin Creek Gold Mine, a venture of Nova Gold with Calista Native Regional Corp, as well as power Bethel and 8 surrounding villages.[1]

In March 2002 Nova Gold reported that an earlier report by Nuvista had recommended "a two phase approach" to supplying power for the mine with initial on-site diesel generation "followed by a large coal-fired plant in Bethel with regional transmission, including Donlin Creek, for expansion." The report estimated the project could supply electricity for $0.09 /kWh. As NovaGold was aiming for a cost of $0.05 /kWh, they decided the best option would be "to purchase power from the utilities that current supply power in the Fairbanks region", even though this would involve the construction of a 620 km (385 mi) long transmission line.[2]

According to the Sierra Club, the project appears to have been abandoned.[3]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Nuvista Light and Power (Calista Corporation)
  • Capacity: 100 MW
  • Projected in service: 2010
  • Status: On hold since 2005; cancelled 2007



  1. "Bethel Census Area: Energy In 2005", undated, accessed December 2007.
  2. NovaGold Resources Inc., "Technical Report: Preliminary Assessment - Donlin Creek Project, Alaska", March 2002, page 19.
  3. "Stopping the Coal Rush", Sierra Club, accessed December 2007. (This is a Sierra Club list of new coal plant proposals.)

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