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By Tux Turkel | Portland Press Herald: Chris Sauer was speaking at a 2007 energy conference in Anchorage, Alaska, about his ambitions to test a marine power generator in the massive tides of Cook Inlet when a participant asked if the design could be downsized for rivers. That turned out to be a prescient question [...] Read More

By Elwood Brehmer | Alaska Journal of Commerce: Alaska has a love-hate relationship with its energy. Every year Alaskans wait with bated breath for the PFD announcement — their personal share of the state’s oil wealth. While clean, reliable hydropower provides inexpensive electricity to Southeast, residents of the Interior and Western Alaska struggle to afford $5 [...] Read More

REAP Staff: Anchorage, Alaska – The Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP) based in Anchorage, Alaska and the Island Institute, located in Rockland, Maine, are pleased to announce they been chosen to receive a three-year competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) to launch the Islanded Grid Wind Regional Resource Center.  This self-sustaining knowledge center [...] Read More

By Pat Forgey | The Alaska Dispatch: JUNEAU — Alaskans love big projects, but some in Juneau are coming to grips with the realization that the state’s wants may exceed — even far exceed — its diminishing resources. The state’s billions of dollars in budget surpluses have resulted in $17 billion in available savings, but now [...] Read More

By North American Wind Power: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced six Wind Energy Regional Resource Centers, selected through a competitive process administered by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Working closely with the DOE and NREL’s broader outreach and education programs, these centers will aim to provide accurate, impartial information about challenges facing wind deployment [...] Read More

By Irine Quaile | The Alaska Dispatch: Since I attended a workshop on “Creating a Climate for Change” in Tromso in January, I have been thinking a lot about the psychological reasons why things are not moving forward on climate change. Although scientific knowledge is growing all the time, public perception of the need for action [...] Read More

By Becky Bohrer | The Associated Press:  JUNEAU, ALASKA — Gov. Sean Parnell has proposed an additional $32.7 million for the proposed Susitna-Watana hydro project, but that is contingent upon the Alaska Energy Authority securing land access permits required for field studies and other work. AEA is the group pursuing the massive project between Anchorage and [...] Read More

By Tim Ellis | Alaska Public Radio Network: A year ago, Tok was on track to become the first community in Alaska to generate its electricity using biomass. Officials with Alaska Power and Telephone had proposed to harvest scrappy timber like black spruce from nearby state forest land, process it and use that biomass it to [...] Read More

By Mark Berniker | CNBC:  When you conduct a search on Google, your query goes across the Internet, hits a server, gets processed and is sent back to you in microseconds. You would be surprised how much energy is consumed in that process. In its latest quarter, Google spent $2.25 billion on data center and infrastructure [...] Read More

By Joseph Miller | The Alaska Dispatch: A recently published study of geothermal energy sources on Akutan Island indicate the resource holds significantly more potential than previously thought. The U.S. Geological Survey published the results of a geochemical study that was conducted on Akutan Island in 2012 that confirms the potential for the development of geothermal power [...] Read More