Idea to convert Slope gas into electricity gains listeners
Power utility, Native corporation refloat the concept to legislators seeking to cut rural energy costs.
Anchorage Daily News
By Lisa Demer
An idea studied years ago by an oil company for producing vast stores of North Slope natural gas without building a giant pipeline has emerged again, this time before state legislators trying to find relief for residents crushed by heating and electricity costs.
Why not convert the natural gas into electricity and transmit it around the state by wires, including to rural and Interior Alaska?
Officials with a rural power utility and a Alaska Native corporation that includes a former subsidiary of Arco Alaska have been pitching the proposal for the last month. The effort has roots in a recent Commonwealth North study called “Energy for a Sustainable Alaska: The Rural Conundrum.”…
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