The Fairbanks City Council, by a near unanimous vote, on Monday has agreed to support the creation of new borough–sponsored energy.
But the Council's decision, reached on a 5–1 vote, came with a great deal of reluctance and a host of conditions.
Monday night's decision, before a packed house at Fairbanks City Hall, cleared the final hurdle for the creation of the Interior Alaska Natural Gas Utility.
During meetings to be held tomorrow, the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly will vote on establishing the ordinance, that was first sponsored by Borough Assembly member Nadine Winters, among others.
Before the vote, however, the City Council added a number of amendments making the city's support conditional, making it harder for the utility to compete with other utilities and other mandates that would keep elected officials from working for the utility.