Chugach is working with several partners on a project on the Kenai Peninsula. Chugach is managing the replacement of thyristor valves, cooling pumps, cooling towers and control systems at the Daves Creek and Soldotna Static VAr Compensators (SVC). The SVCs use large power electronics, very large transistors which are similar to what is in a computer, to control the flow of current through inductors and capacitors, allowing Chugach to increase the amount of power exported off of the Kenai Peninsula.
Improvements at Daves Creek SVC were substantially completed earlier in the year, and commissioning at the Soldotna SVC will run through August. The SVCs are owned by the State of Alaska through the Bradley Lake Hydro Project, and each of the six Railbelt utilities contribute financially while Chugach operates and maintains the equipment.