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Petersen: Consumers Should Not Have To Pay for Enstar’s Mistake

Muldoon Rep. Joins Wielechowski in Urging RCA to Deny Enstar's Request to Make Customers Pay for $5.7 million Error

Rep. Pete Petersen (D-Anchorage) joined Sen. Bill Wielechowski (D-Anchorage) in asking the Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA) to reject Enstar Natural Gas' request to bill customers for its own multi-million dollar billing error.  Enstar has requested to charge Southcentral consumers for the cost of repaying $5.7 million owed to the Fort Richardson laundry because of a billing error that was ongoing from 2002-2007.  In the attached letter to the RCA, Petersen urged that this request be denied.

"Alaskan consumers should not have to pay for Enstar's mistake," Petersen said.  "As a small businessman, I know how important it is for businesses to take responsibility for their actions.  The mistake was Enstar's, and the consumers should not be stuck with the bill."

Between 2002 and 2007 Enstar billed the Fort Richardson laundry for ten times the gas they actually used.  By the time Enstar noticed the error, it had already billed the Department of Defense for $5.7 million worth of gas that was never used.  Earlier today Wielechowski urged the RCA reject Enstar's request to pass the costs on to Southcentral consumers.  The RCA has scheduled a hearing for October 7 on this issue, and Petersen will be encouraging consumers to share their concerns with the RCA.

"Every day I hear from my neighbors about how hard they are being hurt by high fuel prices," said Petersen.  "It is important that the RCA hear their stories."

Petersen has been an advocate for lower consumer fuel costs.  He is the lead sponsor of legislation to lower the cost of gasoline, diesel and heating by prohibiting refineries from charging excessive prices.  

For additional information please contact David Dunsmore at 907-269-0265

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