The Cooper Lake and Eklutna Power Plants recently underwent routine dam safety inspections. The Cooper Lake Dam inspection is required every five years. The procedure included a thorough inspection by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission along with a required third-party dam inspector and representatives from Chugach Electric. This type of inspection is to ensure that the dam is operating properly and that Chugach is aware of and properly considers the risks associated with dam operations.
The Eklutna Lake Dam also received a Periodic Safety Inspection which was performed by a third-party engineer and is required every three years. The inspection included a review of the condition of all existing dam infrastructure with the objective of ensuring that the dam is being operated properly. Both dams passed inspection.