The Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA) has denied an application filed by Fairbanks Natural Gas LLC (FNG) and approved an application filed by Interior Alaska Natural Gas Utility (IANGU) for the right to distribute natural gas in the Fairbanks North Star Borough area. In denying the application by FNG, commissioners said the privately owned utility relied too heavily on presumed gas demand from Golden Valley Electric Association. The commission found that the FNG application overstated expected demand from Golden Valley by 0.5 to 1.5 Bcf per year. Three local area governments formed IANGU about a year ago to serve an area beyond the existing FNG service territory following dissatisfaction with the rates charged by FNG. FNG, which is owned by Minnesota investors, had also applied to the RCA to serve the same territory.
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