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Photos: Regulatory Commission of Alaska hearing on Enstar rates

An overflow crowd waits at the doorway of the RCA hearing room in downtown Anchorage. Enstar president Colleen Starring listens in the foreground. The Regulatory Commission of Alaska took public comment on the recent increase Enstar Natural Gas Company rates on Wednesday, July 23, 2014.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News An overflow audience listens to the RCA hearing Wednedsay in downtown Anchorage. The Regulatory Commission of Alaska took public comment on the recent increase Enstar Natural Gas Company rates on Wednesday, July 23, 2014.
Marc Lester
Commissioner Robert Pickett listens to Enstar president Colleen Starring. The Regulatory Commission of Alaska took public comment on the recent increase Enstar Natural Gas Company rates on Wednesday, July 23, 2014.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester

More than 100 people packed a public hearing room and overflowed into the hallways of the offices of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska on Wednesday morning. They were there to give their take on a recent 48.5 percent increase in the cost of natural gas Enstar is delivering to its customers. 

They were also there to hear Enstar -- the Southcentral utility responsible for the increase -- explain the reason for the hike in cost.

Some were there to petition the RCA to make Enstar lower the rates. Others were there to vent. Some got what they wanted; others, not so much.

By the meeting's end, there were no changes made to Enstar's tariff -- the rate it charges customers for the gas it buys from Cook Inlet producers.

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