The legislature has approved a plan allowing for natural gas to be trucked from the North Slope down to Fairbanks. It’s seen as a way of bringing down energy costs in the Interior.
The bill creates a $355 million financing package made up of low-interest loans, bonds, credits, and grants to set up a system where private industry would supply natural gas to the region at half the price of heating oil.
Rep. Tammie Wilson, a North Pole Republican, said that the bill would help combat the Interior’s’ pollution problem by giving residents a better energy option than they currently have.
“The reality is we use wood and coal — we burn wood and coal — in the Interior because it is what we can afford to do,” said Wilson.
The bill passed unanimously in the House after sailing through the Senate.
- Norton Gregory is running for Juneau Assembly in the upcoming municipal election.
- Alaska’s largest ferry will be down for repairs longer than expected. Another ship will fill in, but it’s smaller and some travelers will have to make other arrangements.
- Alaska’s oldest Native organizations are trying to attract younger members. That and other issues are on the table at the ANB-ANS Grand Camp Convention Oct. 5-8.
- As the air gets colder and the days shorter, the Skagway tourism season is coming to a close. Overall, tourism staff says this summer was a success. The last cruise ship of the season has come and gone and shop owners around Skagway are preparing for winter, cleaning up and closing their doors. The streets that were recently busy with visitors are quieting down.