Last night a disappointing hand was dealt toward the effort of trucking compressed natural gas off the slope down to Fairbanks distribution centers. The Golden Valley Electric Association board voted across the board to not not throw in with the natural gas plan but rather utilize naphtha.
Though there had been a focus on residential distribution for natural gas it was hoped that GVEA might utilize the gas (and drive the price down by bringing in a larger quantity, among other advantages). Sen. Gary Wilken has written an email expressing disappointment due to the overall advantage it would lend to the community- and also due to the utility (GVEA) being set up as a sort of community co-op.
We will see what happens in the jockeying of possibly other large quantity purchasers/vendors!