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JAMESTOWN OKS SWITCH TO GAS

The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities has agreed to move ahead on a $20 million to $25 million project converting its coal-fired electric generating plant to a gas-turbine system.

Board of Public Utilities General Manager James Gronquist said the Samuel Carlson electric generating station still will have one coal-fired unit, but the switch to natural gas will put the utility in a good position for the future.

"It puts the utility in a very positive position for the future to be able to provide low cost kilowatt hour electrical energy to this community," Gronquist said.

The gas turbine system could be on line by May.

The board also agreed to spend $2.4 million to replace residential electric and water meters with remote meters. Gronquist expected the radio-activated devices to be put into place during the next three years.

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