Alaska

State Profile
738,432
06
Utility Revenue (Millions) $323.87
$179.00
n/a
$33.35
$111.52
Consumption (Billion Cubic Feet or BCF)

Consumption by Sector In-State

25,072
90
19
19
05
48
Customers 142,158
128,605
13,549
04
Industry Infrastructure
4,609
344
4,302
Utility Gas Efficiency Program Funding
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a

Sources

AGA Survey and Statistics System; AGA-CEE Natural Gas Efficiency Programs Survey: Utility expenditures for gas efficiency programs exclude data that have not been released by participating companies at the state level; U.S. Energy Information Administration; and U.S. Department of Transportation.

Statewide Elected Officials Next Election: 2018
Bill Walker (Ind.) Governor
Byron Mallott (Ind.)Lieutenant Governor
Jahna Lindemuth Attorney General
Legislature Next Election: 2018Session Dates: 01/19/16 - 05/19/16
Senate
Term: 4 year
President of the Senate: Kevin Meyer (Rep.)
Senate Majority Leader: John Coghill (Rep.)
Senate Minority Leader: Berta Gardner (Dem.)
Senate Member Breakdown
Democrats: 6
Republicans: 14
House of Representatives
Term: 2 year
Speaker of the House: Mike Chenault (Rep.)
Majority Leader: Charisse Millet (Rep.)
Minority Leader: Chris Tuck (Dem.)
House of Representatives Member Breakdown
Democrats: 17
Republicans: 21
Other: 2
Regulatory Commission of Alaska Commissioners: Gubernatorial appointment, General Assembly confirmation: 6 year termChairperson: Elected by fellow Commissioners: 1 year term
Current Commissioners:
Robert Pickett, Chairman Appointed by Governor Sarah Palin in 2008; current term expires in 2020
Janis Wilson, CommissionerAppointed by Governor Frank Murkowski in 2006; current term expires in 2018
Stephen A. McAlpine, CommissionerAppointed by Governor Bill Walker in 2015; current term expires in 2021
Norman Rokenberg, CommissionerAppointed by Governor Sean Parnell in 2013, term expires in 2019
Rebecca Pauli, Commissioner Appointed by Governor Bill Walker in 2016; term expires in 2022

Unveiled in 2010 by Governor Sean Parnell, the Alaska Energy Pathway intended to provide direction and focus to the goal that all Alaskans should have access to affordable power. Specific actions identified in the plan include: 20% energy efficiency and conservation improvements by 2020; 50% renewable energy for electric power by 20205; Addressing climate change; Incentives for oil and gas exploration to increase throughput and extend the life of the Trans-Alaska pipeline; Priority given to infrastructure projects that will support economic development, particularly related to industries that can supply high-paying jobs to residents and encourage public/private partnerships. With respect to oil and natural gas specifically, the plan outlines the following recommendations: Continue to work with Southcentral producers and utilities to implement a strategy to increase natural gas supply for Southcentral Alaska; Continue to follow state law regarding advancement of a large diameter natural gas pipeline effort; Continue the Governor’s effort to design and permit a small diameter natural gas pipeline that could assure access to natural gas resources; Encourage development of heavy oil and other technologies that will maintain the Trans Alaska Pipeline System throughput and extend its operating lifetime.

On February 5, 2015, the board of the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority approved a loan to Interior Alaska Natural Gas Utility for $29.7 million targeted to advance natural gas distribution system development in Fairbanks and North Pole. The Sustainable Energy Transmission and Supply Development Fund loan, part of the Interior Energy Project, allows the Interior Alaska Natural Gas Utility, or IGU, to move forward with phases 1, 2, 3, of its six-year plan to build out its certificated service area. IGU expects to put approximately 73 miles of pipe in the ground to more than 140 multi-family/commercial structures and more than 2,100 residential services. Avista, which owns the Alaska Electric Light and Power Company, is seeking approval to move forward with a $130 million project to bring natural gas to Juneau. The company has requested low-interest financing in the form of a $58 million loan from the Alaska Industrial and Export Authority (AIDEA). AIDEA is a state-owned public corporation that provides various means of financing to promote economic growth and diversity. In order for AIDEA to grant a loan, an aspiring loanee must prove that its plan is economically viable and AIDEA must have legislative approval to make the loan. Should the loan be granted, the remaining $72 million in project costs would come from an equity investment from Avista.