Wasilla Transmission Line Resource Center

PROJECT STATUS: On November 10, 2015 the City of Wasilla Planning Commission voted to approve MEA’s permit application for ‘Alternate Route #2’ from three submitted route options. The decision came following nearly a year of public meetings and community involvement. MEA is currently working on Right-Of-Way acquisition with the intent to begin construction in 2020.

NEXT STEPS:

2017-2019: Right-Of-Way acquisition and a final engineering design

2020: Project construction

A map of the approved route can be found HERE.

What is the Wasilla Transmission Line Project?

For the past few decades the Wasilla area has been among the fastest growing areas in the nation. The demand for electricity in this area increases. From 2006 – 2012  this area saw a 40% growth in demand as new businesses, healthcare facilities, subdivisions and other services were built to serve the growing community. Transmission lines are the highways of MEA’s electrical system, delivering sufficient electricity into high load areas to accommodate this rapid growth. MEA’s transmission system into Wasilla is aging and vulnerable. Upgrades are essential to meet continued growth and ensure this critical load has necessary backup.

MEA’s Load Density Map shows that the downtown Wasilla area, near our Herning Substation, is our highest load point on the entire MEA system.

MEA Load Density Map

Feedback and Questions Center

To provide feedback or submit questions on the project please contact us by email at

WasillaTLine@mea.coop

or call our Member Service department at (907) 761-9300.

Wasilla Transmission Line Project Q&A

How was the need for updates determined?

Read more about the need for the updates in MEA’s briefing on the issue below.

What were the route options discussed?

MEA analyzed 440 route options for the transmission line. Of those, three were submitted to the Wasilla Planning Commission as feasible options. Click the link below to review several of the options discussed.

Were underground lines considered?

Underground lines are not being considered for this project. They are not in the best interest of our membership due to the high cost of construction, maintenance issues and the impact to member property. Here is a document that provides more information on why underground transmission lines (different than distribution lines in your neighborhood) are not being considered.