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Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 11:55 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

Oct. 31, 2012

To the editor:

This is regarding the article, “Eva Creek producing its 1st power,” published in the Oct. 27 edition of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. To recap: $93 million buys 12 wind turbines, to produce 77 million kilowatt hours per year to power 9,100 homes.

Here’s a few what-if facts: Based on the numbers above, $930 million buys 120 wind turbines to make 777 million kilowatt hours per year to power 91,000 homes. Further, $1.86 billion buys 240 wind turbines to make 1.554 billion kilowatt hours to power 182,000 homes. Add the 12 wind turbines that we already have to the equation and you end up with $1.953 billion spent to get 1.631 billion kilowatt hours to power 191,000 homes. Do we have that many homes in Alaska? Also factor in the proposed North Slope stranded gas power plant, at a cost of $4 billion, to supplement low-wind days. For less than $6 billion, that’s a lot of clean energy. Forever?

So, let’s bottom-line this: Plan A — $6 billion equals 252 turbines producing 1.631 billion kilowatt hours, all for Alaska’s people, or Plan B — $6 billion to the oil companies, for what? Nothing proposed on paper. Nothing. Think about this when voting on Nov. 6. Thank you.

Jim Metzger

North Pole

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