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Aurora Power Announces Cessation of Natural Gas Marketing Efforts



HOUSTON, Texas - Aurora Power Resources, Inc. (Aurora) has announced the
cessation of its natural gas marketing efforts in Southcentral Alaska.
Effective January 1, 2010, the company will discontinue all sales to its
end-user customers.

Aurora's President, G. Scott Pfoff, said "Unfortunately, we are no longer
able to secure any gas for resale to our customers and consequently have no
choice but to cease marketing operations." The volumes marketed by the
independent natural gas marketing company have declined significantly in the
past several years as developed reserves of natural gas have dwindled in the
Cook Inlet.

In a letter to its last remaining customers, Aurora stated "After fifteen
years of successfully serving Southcentral Alaska with natural gas, it is
with great regret that Aurora Power must inform you that we have been unable
to secure natural gas beyond year-end 2009. As a result, this letter serves
as your 30-day written notice of contract termination. You will need to
contact ENSTAR Natural Gas Company to resume purchases of your natural gas
from them effective January 1, 2010."

Aurora's marketing operations commenced in October, 1994 and ramped up
rapidly to peak levels of over 47.6 million cubic feet per day in December,
2000. The company was recognized on three different occasions between 1997
and 2001 as one of the fastest growing privately held companies based in
Houston, Texas. However, with competition and the lack of gas reserve
replacement in Cook Inlet, Aurora's ability to maintain those levels began
to decline in 2007. As suppliers cut back, Aurora was forced to reduce its

"I am very proud of what we accomplished over the past fifteen years, Aurora
established the first natural gas marketing company serving Southcentral
Alaska, buying and selling almost 90 billion cubic feet of gas and saving
our customers many millions of dollars in the process." said Pfoff. "We
sincerely hope to be in a position to resume the marketing of natural gas at
some time in the future; but for that to happen; we need to see a
significant increase in drilling and development activity, including the
development of storage that is available to 3rd parties."

Aurora Gas, LLC, a sister company, will continue to operate its five gas
fields on the west side of Cook Inlet, but has procured alternative markets
for its production.
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