Southcentral Residents Test Natural Gas Load Management

Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage

Last week Southcentral Alaska gas and power utility users were asked to voluntarily reduce their use to test load management for power managers growing nervous about dwindling gas supplies.  It was the second test, and according to Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan, the results were similar to the last one.

The gas utility Enstar has a whole menu of potential reductions it has circulated to its customers. And Chugach Electric Association spokesman Phil Steyer says they, too, have developed a number of options for dealing with peaks in demand if gas supplies were running short.

Steyer says those responses have done the job so far, but if a future event pushed the systems beyond response capabilities, then the utilities would ask for consumer cooperation.

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