New Power Plant Promises Increased Efficiency and Lower Costs

This week Anchorage’s two major electrical utilities broke ground for a natural gas powered plant. Despite the construction cost, Chugach Electric Association and Municipal Light and Power say the facility will ultimately save consumers money.

Monday’s ground breaking ceremony featured the expected spray painted golden shovels wielded by a pair of board members from the two utilities.

There were pre-shoveling comments by utilities, as well as the contractor, plus Anchorge Mayor Dan Sullivan and a member of Alaska Senator Mark Begich, who was mayor at the project’s conception. And a nearby, obligatory, recently deposited pile of dirt.

What was different with the groundbreaking according to the participants was the cooperation the ceremony represented and the efficiency the South Central Power Project promised. The mayor praised the committed joint effort between Chugach Electric and ML&P.

Photo and story by Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage

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