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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – A newly released report shows that about a third of households in interior Alaska won’t make the switch to natural gas once it’s more widely available because of low heating oil prices.

The Interior Energy Project’s study says about 1,000 homes will convert to natural gas in 2018, the year it’s expected to start being distributed. By 2023, officials are anticipating nearly 11,000 natural gas customers, The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported.

The report is an updated version of a study released last year and comes as the project’s initial estimates for dema...

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