- Associated Press - Friday, September 25, 2015

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) - A Washington state-based utility is looking to southeast Alaska for a launch of natural gas, which would primarily be delivered to homes for heat and personal use.

The Ketchikan Daily News reports (https://bit.ly/1PB8fux ) that Avista, a natural gas and hydropower utility based in Spokane, Washington, bought Juneau power company Alaska Electric, Light and Power last year for $170 million. That purchase has paved the way for the utility to consider bringing natural gas to Alaska’s southeast region, which would begin in Juneau.

Avista official, Nolan Steiner, told last week’s Southeast Conference that the company is still in the process of investigating how to bring natural gas to the area.

The project with its focus on home heat would include digging up streets, converting homes and building storage facilities.

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Information from: Ketchikan (Alaska) Daily News, https://www.ketchikandailynews.com

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