Gas shortfall in Cook Inlet prompts questions about plans for keeping lights, heat on
September 2, 2009
The issue of a natural gas shortfall in Cook Inlet and the potential for rolling brownouts this winter in Anchorage and other Railbelt communities was the focus of a House Energy Special Committee meeting on Sept. 1. It was covered by KTUU, and KTVA. The Petroleum News also published a story about the issue. The meeting focused on plans for ensuring an adequate supply of gas, both for the short- and long-term, and preventing any loss of power or heat to the more than 300,000 people that live in the Railbelt communities. The contingency plan includes agreements between the utilities to reduce their use of natural gas on peak demand days, and getting people to cut back on energy use. REAP Executive Director Chris Rose spoke about REAP’s upcoming Alaska Efficiency Challenge, a fun and practical program for reducing energy consumption. The Challenge will provide residents tips for saving money on their energy bills, and allow schools, businesses, and even municipaltites to compete against each other to see who can save the most energy.