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Posted: Saturday, December 1, 2012 12:10 am | Updated: 12:07 pm, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

Letter to the editor

Nov. 30, 2012

To the editor:

During the discussions when Golden Valley Electric Association was deciding whether to build a wind farm or buy energy from a private company, I asked former CEO Brian Newman more than once where the money was going to come from to pay for Eva Creek. He assured me that our electric rates would not go up. He produced tables and graphs that showed the cost of electricity from Eva Creek would be less than from other alternatives.

Dan Bross of KUAC news covered GVEA CEO and President Cory Borgeson’s announcement that GVEA will cut electrical rates on the radio this morning. Something that Matt Buxton did not include in his article was that the capital cost of the $93 million facility will begin to be reflected in rates next summer. Dan quoted Mr. Borgeson’s statement, “You’re going to see some increases that will start in July for the utility charge — that’s going to start to put some of the Eva Creek costs into the utility charge.”

I guess I did not ask the right questions. I hope the utility charge on our bills next July doesn’t cancel out the 11 percent drop on our next bills. It will be timed during the warm months of the year when our electric bills are not as high as right now. Maybe we won’t notice. I am glad that we are getting advance notice of these downs and ups.

Mary Ann Nickles

Fairbanks

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