Steam Plume

Steam billows from the exhaust stack at the Aurora Energy power plant downtown seen from Farmers Loop Wednesday, November 30, 2016.

Stakeholders have been eying the potential for a North Pole combined power and heating power plant for at least five years, something that the city has joined in considering.

For new businesses and homes built in proximity, it means a reliable source of heat, while the city of North Pole benefits from a long-term cost reduction in heatings its buildings and utilities.

Contact reporter Jack Barnwell at 907-459-7587 or jbarnwell@newsminer.com.