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Report Encourages Alaska to Choose Natural Gas Over Hydroelectric Energy

A new study by Alaska Hydro Project has concluded that supplying energy for the Alaska Rainbelt through natural gas, specifically through Cook Inlet, would save the ratepayers in Alaska $35 billion (in 2014 dollars) over 50 years.

The report concludes that deriving energy from natural gas from Cook Inlet “…is the most cost-effective alternative, requiring the least capital investment, yet producing the greatest long-term economic benefit to the regional economy with the least environmental and social impact.”