Bill would help power providers in Alaskan rural communities

    
 

Monday, Feb 27 2012 6:02PM

A proposed Alaska House bill would increase power cost equalization by $33 million, providing customers living in rural communities better energy rates.

A proposed Alaska House bill would increase power cost equalization by $33 million, providing customers living in rural communities better energy rates.

A proposed Alaska House bill would increase power cost equalization by $33 million, providing customers living in rural communities better energy rates.

The Juneau Empire reports electricity prices can vary from just nine cents per kilo wattage to 60 cents in some areas of Southeast Alaska. The bill, introduced by Rep. Bryce Edgmon, would supplement the monthly amount of electricity that would be eligible for rebates. The alterations could cost around $33 million each year, but the plans are encouraged by lawmakers in the area.

The Empire states that many homes in rural parts of Alaska have one to two light bulbs, but additional energy from using heaters causes many homeowners to face the dilemma of how they will spend their money. Those living in rural communities also are victim to low employment, which has resulted in a severe drop in population.

"Energy is a quality of life issue," said Jodi Mitchell, CEO and GM of the Inside Passage Electric Cooperative. "Customers really do have to juggle whether they’re able to buy food or pay their bills."

For further information, check out this source: Alaska State House of Representatives

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