Matanuska Power Plant
Matanuska Electric Association (MEA) is Alaska’s oldest and second-largest electric cooperative. MEA currently purchases electricity from Chugach Electric Association according to a contract that expires in 2014.  The MEA board of directors had initially decided decided to build a 100 MW circulating fluidized bed coal plant; however, Sierra Club and Friends of Matsu began organizing opposition to the plant in April. MEA spent $160,000 on a campaign to convince member-owners to support the plant.
On Nov. 9, 2007, facing public opposition, MEA general manager Wayne Carmony sent a memo to board members, announcing plans by administrators to shelve plans for the Matanuska plant for at least five years; the board met on Dec. 11 to consider this proposal.
Sponsor: Matanuska Electric Association
Capacity: 100 MW
Type: Circulating fluidized bed
Projected in service: 2015
Status: Shelved (11/2007)
- Utility Watch, info [at] utilitywatch.org
- Friends of Mat-Su, foms [at] mtaonline.org
- MEA Ratepayers Alliance, ratepayer [at] mearatepayers.org
- Alaska Sierra Club, katherine [at] sierraclubalaska.org
- Castle Mountain Coalition
- "Stopping the Coal Rush", Sierra Club, accessed January 2008. (This is a Sierra Club list of new coal plant proposals.)
- “Coal Plant Critics Urge MEA to say No”, Anchorage Daily News, June 1, 2007.
- "MEA Looks Beyond Coal Plant", Anchorage Daily News, November 14, 2007.
- “MEA to Shelve Coal Plan for At Least Five Years” Anchorage Daily News, November 10, 2007.
Related GEM.wiki Resources
- Carbon Capture and Storage
- Existing U.S. Coal Plants
- US proposed coal plants (both active and cancelled)
- Coal plants cancelled in 2007
- Coal plants cancelled in 2008
- Alaska and coal
- Profiles of other states (or click on the map)
- “Tracking New Coal-Fired Power Plants”, National Energy Tech Lab, May 1, 2007, page 8. (Pdf)
- "'Clean' Coal -- Myth or Fact?," Solstice Light.
- “Valley Power Play over Coal Continues,” Anchorage Daily News, June 6, 2007.
- “MEA Needs to Go Further to Build Bridges,” Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, Nov. 21, 2007.