State Says Fuel Watch Program is Working Well

Joaqlin Estus, KNBA – Anchorage

The state of Alaska says Fuel Watch, a program designed to keep the heat and lights on in rural Alaska, is working well. It came about after several fuel-related crises in rural Alaska. In October 2008, the Alaska Federation of Natives called upon the federal and state governments to declare an energy emergency in rural Alaska, where some residents were paying twice as much for heating fuel and gasoline as urban Alaskans.

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