Alaska energy overview 

By Rusell Stigall | Juneau Empire: Renewable energy is growing in Alaska, but Power Cost Equalization is still a utility’s preferred way to shrink energy bills.

Alaska’s power producers met with Legislators, staff and the public Wednesday for a lunch learning session sponsored by the House Energy Committee. Four speakers represented the four major electrical regions in the state — Southeast, Railbelt, Copper River and Kodiak and the Arctic and Aleutians areas. Utilities from these regions are part of the umbrella group Alaska Power Association.

Tim McLeod of Alaska Electric Power and Light spoke about the Southeast region.

There are 41,000 electric accounts in the southeast, McLeod said. Power is supplied primarily by hydroelectric power and secondly by diesel. Though the utility has looked at many options, these two fuels remain king.

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