Yesterday, (July 18) the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued an order on the Susitna-Wanata Hydropower Project in the upper Mat-Su Valley. The order resolves a dispute between the National Marine Fisheries Service, the Alaska Energy Authority, and the Commission's Director of Hydropower Licensing regarding the need to conduct a study on climate change as part of the licensing process for the Susitna Project.
The link is here: http://www.ferc.gov/whats-new/comm-m...071813/H-2.pdf
The order is 11 pages of bureaucratic prose, which can be difficult to wade through. However, it provides a snap-shot of where the Susitna Project is in the licensing process. That is, they are determining what studies to conduct as part of the environmental review. Once the studies are done (a couple years), the environmental review process begins (a major environmental impact statement). That will take at least a year, and likely far more. So the process still has a long way to go. However, the project has gone alot farther than I ever anticipated.
In short, the order says that AEA does not have to conduct a study on climate change, as requested by NMFS, as part of the licensing process.