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Southcentral Residents Asked to Scale Back on Energy Use for 2 Hours Oct. 21

ANCHORAGE-HOMER-MAT-SU- As part of an effort to prepare for a possible natural gas shortage this winter, Southcentral Alaska residents are being asked to voluntarily reduce their energy consumption for two hours on the evening of Wed., Oct. 21.

The test is being coordinated by the Municipality of Anchorage, with cooperation from Chugach Electric Association, Municipal Light and Power, Matanuska Electric Association, Homer Electric Association, ENSTAR, and the Mat-Su and Kenai Peninsula Boroughs. The entities have worked together this fall on Energy Watch, a campaign designed to call attention to the possibility of a natural gas delivery problem.

Residents of the Mat-Su Borough, the Municipality of Anchorage and the Kenai Peninsula Borough are being asked to participate in the voluntary test.

Between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Oct. 21, residents are being asked to reduce their energy consumption. The steps include lowering the thermostat to 65 degrees; shutting off unnecessary lights and electronics; setting the water heater to "warm" or "vacation"; postponing washing dishes and doing laundry; and reducing natural gas range use.

The goal of the conservation test is to see what kind of effect voluntary actions might have on overall energy consumption. In the event of a real energy deliverability problem, one of the first steps will be to ask residents to take voluntary steps similar to ones being proposed for the October 21 trial run.

The utilities and agencies involved in the Energy Watch campaign have stressed that a natural gas delivery problem this winter is not likely. However, in case it does happen, it is prudent to have a plan in place.

For additional information about the Energy Watch campaign, please visit
http://www.homerelectric.com/ (Homer)
http://www.mea.coop/ (Mat-Su)
http://www.muni.org/ (Anchorage).

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