The proposed hydropower project for the Y-K Delta is moving forward with the addition of a program manager. Nuvista Light and Electric Cooperative, an 8-member cooperative including Calista, has hired Chuck Casper as its hydropower program manager.
According to a written statement from Calista, Casper’s main focus will be the Chikuminuk Lake hydropower project. The project is expected to cost hundreds of millions of dollars, but $10 million has already been acquired from the state for a feasibility study. The lake is located at the northern edge of the Wood-Tikchik State Park north of Dillingham.
According to Calista, the hydropower project would provide year-round electrical needs for Bethel and a dozen other villages for at least 20 years. They say the project would displace more than five million gallons of diesel per year and a reduction of 55,000 tons of carbon dioxide annually.
Casper is a lifelong Alaskan and licensed civil engineer with 25 years of engineering experience. He graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a degree in civil engineering and is currently working on his masters in engineering and science management from University of Alaska Anchorage.
Nuvista Executive Director is Elaine “Chicky” Brown formerly of Bethel.
Nuvista Light & Electric Cooperative, Inc. is a cooperative membership comprised of eight organizations: Calista Corporation, the Association of Village Council Presidents, Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation, AVCP Housing Authority, Middle Kuskokwim Electric Company, Alaska Village Electric Cooperative, Lower Yukon and Chaninik Wind Group.