Friday, June 1, 2012

Fairbanks Natural Gas| I have never quite understood ...

... how the Regulatory Commission of Alaska justifies granting Fairbanks Natural Gas a "certificate" (monopoly) to serve large portions of Fairbanks, while at the same time effectively freeing it from retail price regulation.  Dermot Cole, as usual, has a point, see Parnell should push ahead ASAP on local gas distribution system for Fairbanks, Fairbanks News Miner (May 31, 2012) ("If the rates of Fairbanks Natural Gas become subject to regulation by the state, then perhaps we will get a clearer picture of what is in the best interests of the community. Until then the best option for the community is to pursue some form of cooperative structure for a natural gas distribution system in Fairbanks, which means that community and state leaders, including the governor, are in a position to move forward on this now without waiting for GVEA and FNG or anyone else to reach a deal.")