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The Power Cost Equalization guide is an effort that was established in 1985 when the state has a statewide energy plan that honed in on rural residents and tried to account for higher costs in the bush/rural areas. With a Kilowatt Hour costing 14 cents in Anchorage and 22 cents in Fairbanks, there are communities that do have originating costs of over a dollar; by and large these ‘expensive electricity’ communities are generating electricity from fuel oil generators which often has to be flown in to communities (and barged in other locales).  These communities off the road system receive state relief payments then as subsidies are calculated on a number of factors.  If you are interested to find out which ones, a new guide came out in 2013 and can be obtained at akenergyauthority.org.  

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