Alaska utilities encouraged to collaborate on energy projects 

FAIRBANKS — A top state energy aide Wednesday encouraged electric utilities to keep thinking about collaborating on big energy projects, like dams or major transmission lines, projects likely needed to avoid energy deficits.  The idea, pitched this winter as a joint venture between Fairbanks and Southcentral utilities, failed in the Legislature.

But Gene Therriault, a former state senator now advising Gov. Sean Parnell, said an “integrated resources plan” that recommended that joint corporation remains fresh and relevant. A similar plan will soon be in the works for Southeast, and Therriault said collaboration between utilities will help the state government spend wisely as it helps communities and utilities build billions worth of major power projects. Read more

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