New laws may lead to renewable energy projects in Alaska 

From Ted Land at KTUU: ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Gov. Sean Parnell signed a pair of bills into law Wednesday that might allow companies to break ground on large-scale renewable energy projects in Alaska this summer.  One bill strips away some of the regulation for renewable projects that sell their power to regulated utility companies. The second bill reduces the royalty rate for geothermal leases on state land, making it more affordable for companies like Nevada-based Ormat Technologies, which is looking to develop part of Mount Spurr. Fire Island, just offshore from Kincaid Park, is the site of a much talked-about wind turbine project. Native corporation CIRI says the project could someday power 18,000 Anchorage homes. The timeline for the Fire Island project is now more solid, because of the bills. Read more

Ormat’s Geothermal Exploration in Alaska Spurred by Legislature

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