News from Patrick Flynn

Capturing the sun

Thursday, 30. July 2015 by Patrick Flynn

Whatever you think of President Obama’s politics, I think it’s great that he’s coming to Alaska to discuss climate change with other international leaders. As a life long Alaskan I’ve witnessed changes in my backyard and learned a lot about how other parts of the state are trying to deal with challenges. Whatever the cause, we’re going to have to figure out how to manage the evolution of our state’s environment.


Electrical short circuit

Tuesday, 09. November 2010 by Patrick Flynn

Over the past month I’ve received a steady drumbeat of e-mails from folks supportive of the Fire Island wind farm, asking that I support it.  I do but, for two reasons, there’s not a darn thing I can do to actually bring it to fruition:

  • First the project owner, CIRI, needs to sign power purchase agreements with railbelt electric utilities.
  • Second, because my wife has performed work for CIRI (though, to the best of my knowledge, not on this project) I will have to recuse myself from voting on any PPA between CIRI and ML&P, the only utility over which the Assembly has jursidiction.


Good timing

Friday, 24. September 2010 by Patrick Flynn

Friday’s high winds in Southcentral Alaska wreaked their fair share of havoc, but the timing couldn’t have been better for CIRI‘s Fire Island Wind Project as representatives appeared at an Assembly work session this morning to tout project benefits.


A gasline idea

Wednesday, 21. July 2010 by Patrick Flynn

While getting North Slope natural gas isn’t really within the purview of the Anchorage Assembly, ensuring our community has sufficient gas for heating homes and keeping the lights on is important to all of us.  In that spirit I offer a guest commentary, in the form of a letter to the president of the newly-created Alaska Gasline Development Corporation, Dan Fauske, from local financial consultant David Gottstein:


An interview

Monday, 04. January 2010 by Patrick Flynn

Clark Yerrington, a Mountain View resident and activist with a blog of his own, sent me a thoughtful list of questions to answer for posting on his site.  You’re welcome to review them there or here:


Electric consolidation

Friday, 22. August 2008 by Patrick Flynn

The previously mentioned proposal for ML&P and CEA to jointly build a 200+ megawatt, natural gas-fired power plant near Minnesota and International won approval Tuesday night, but it was not a unanimous decision. The local paper had a brief article on the subject Thursday.


Power play

Wednesday, 13. August 2008 by Patrick Flynn

As I wrote previously, the Assembly is considering a proposal for Municipal Light & Power and Chugach Electric Association to jointly construct a new gas-fired power plant near International Airport Road and Minnesota Boulevard. That ordinance was before us last night (Tuesday, August 12) and action was delayed a week when questions from local developer Marc Marlow surfaced in the days leading up to the meeting. More specifically, he sent his list to all Assembly members on Monday, August 11, and apparently spoke with some of my colleagues on Saturday and Sunday.



Friday, 01. August 2008 by Patrick Flynn

An ADN editorial about the transit resolution I sponsored, which asked the legislature to consider using surplus revenues to boost transit resources thereby reducing energy consumption, marked the first of what I expect to multiple forays into energy-related topics during my tenure on the Assembly. The next one relates to how we generate electricity for Anchorage in the most cost-effective manner.




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