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Posted: Sunday, June 10, 2012 11:34 pm

Letter to the Editor

June 7, 2012

To the editor:

In his column last week blaming environmentalists for causing high energy prices, Bill Nordmark, chairman of the Golden Valley Electric Association board, stated the Healy coal plant would save ratepayers about 10 percent on their bills. So, if a person’s bill is $200, in a couple years if Healy comes on line it might be $180 (ignoring escalating fuel prices). That’s something, but not much, and clearly doesn’t address the underlying problem. GVEA is getting nasty and pointing fingers over that?

• How much would ratepayers save if Fort Knox and Pogo’s discounted rates were eliminated and they paid the same as everyone else?

• Or, better yet, how much would we save if those monies paid for the expensive diesel generation in North Pole, since they are consuming almost all of it?

• What will happen to our rates if GVEA follows through on its planned expansion of the industrial subsidy to Livengood?

It is well known that the cheapest, quickest way to reduce consumer’s bills is through conservation and energy efficiency. What would we save if GVEA finally got serious about that?

Jen Landry

Fairbanks

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