Interior Gas Utility

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The Interior Gas Utility has scheduled a couple of public meetings for later this month to inform Fairbanks North Star Borough residents about the status of the IGU board’s proposal to buy Pentex Alaska Natural Gas Company as part of the local utility’s efforts to build a natural-gas distribution system for Fairbanks and North Pole.


Interior Energy Project

The Fairbanks North Star Borough’s Interior Gas Utility is considering taking control of the state backed Interior Energy Project. Its aimed at increasing the supply of natural gas in the Fairbanks area, and the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority has shepherded the effort to a point where it’s ready for transfer to the local non-profit utility. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the IGU is weighing risks and benefits as it looks at taking on the project.

Three candidates seeking election to an open seat on the Interior Gas Utility board all agree it’s taken far too long to bring natural gas into the Fairbanks area. All three say if elected they’d push to accelerate the IGU’s efforts to bring gas here and build a system to deliver gas to its customers.


Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority

The fate of the long pursued Interior Energy Project will soon come into better focus. The state funded effort hinges on a natural gas supply from Cook Inlet, and as KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, that’s expected next month.

Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority

The Interior Gas Utility and Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority have approved a memorandum of understanding to forward the Interior Energy Project. The state funded IEP is aimed at increasing the availability of gas in the city, as a less expensive and cleaner burning alternative to other fossil fuels and wood. The project has a lot of moving parts and is behind schedule, but as KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the MOU is a key step.

Dan Bross / KUAC

Construction slated this summer will be a first step toward making natural gas available as a heating fuel in North Pole. KUAC’s Dan Bross has more on the distribution system being put in by the North Star Borough run Interior Gas Utility. 

Fairbanks real estate agent Aaron Lojewski was holding on to a 5-percentage-point lead Tuesday night over David Pelunis-Messier in the only contested seat or two up for election for the Interior Gas Utility board.

Lojewski said last night he was cautiously optimistic that his lead would hold after absentee ballots were tallied.

Dan Bross / KUAC

The state is a step closer to proving its North Slope to Fairbanks natural gas trucking project can work. The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority lead Interior Energy Project is aimed at providing gas at about half the cost of heating oil, and as KUAC’s Dan Bross reports officials say they’re honing in on the target. 

The Interior Gas Utility has laid out a plan for getting natural gas to thousands of homes in North Pole and other outlying areas of Fairbanks. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the non-profit public utilities plan covers more than 2 hundred million dollars of work, spread over six years.

Interior Gas Utility

The Interior Gas Utility is laying out a plan of action, following the state granting the Fairbanks North Star Borough entity’s request to supply natural gas to currently un-served areas of town.  As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, getting natural gas to more neighborhoods is a step toward lowering energy bills and reducing emissions.