Governor Palin Signs Power Cost Equalization Bill
Governor Sarah Palin today signed Senate Bill 88 into law. The bill, sponsored by the Senate Finance Committee, makes permanent the expansion of the Power Cost Equalization (PCE) program adopted last year by the Alaska State Legislature.
"I can foresee a day when PCE is no longer needed," Governor Palin said. "Energy resources are available all over Alaska. Relying on local resources helps stabilize local economies where fuel collection, processing and transportation are required in and around the community."
PCE is the program designed to make power more affordable to rural Alaskans. PCE covers the cost of electricity that exceeds 12 cents per kilowatt hour for the first 500 kilowatt hours used by a household each month. Without Senate Bill 88, the new one-dollar ceiling would sunset and revert to the previous 52.5-cent limit. Many rural communities have rates higher than 52.5 cents per kilowatt hour.
There are currently 78,530 people served by PCE in nearly 200 communities.