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August 16, 2012

Alaska looks at turning natural gas to electricity

  • A power plant in the Arctic, converter stations in Fairbanks and Anchorage, and an 860-mile high-voltage power line would cost about $4 billion.
    Anchorage Daily News

    ANCHORAGE — 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?

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