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Alaska Business Monthly: Commercial building owners will soon have access to affordable loans for energy conservation retrofitting and alternative energy systems. The Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development will begin accepting applications for the Alternative Energy and Conservation Revolving Loan Fund on September 10, 2012. “This fund offers building owners the opportunity to realize [...] Read More

By Dan Schwartz | Peninsula Clarion: Production and use of renewable energy sources on the Kenai Peninsula such as solar panels and wind turbines has increased at a surprising rate, local utility officials said. The idea is catching on for several reasons, residents said — it’s green, practical and the price, compared to other sources, [...] Read More

By Jeff Himmelman | New York Times: Most mornings, Danny Kennedy hops on a bike with orange saddlebags and rides half an hour from his home to Oakland’s Jack London Square. He makes for quite a picture cruising down Telegraph Avenue, decked out as he often is in an orange helmet, orange jacket and orange [...] Read More

By Matthew L. Wald | New York Times: As my colleague Jess Bidgood reported in Friday’s paper, a tidal energy project is moving ahead in Maine, with high costs but high hopes too. But the 180-kilowatt unit that the Ocean Renewable Power Company hopes to put under water next week is really just a first [...] Read More

By Jess Bidgood | New York Times: EASTPORT, Me. — The fearsome tides that sweep out from the easternmost shores of the United States have for more than 80 years teased engineers and presidents like Franklin D. Roosevelt, who have dreamed of harnessing their force to make electricity. And next week, a device that looks [...] Read More

By Mireya Navarro | New York Times: The first comprehensive study of energy use by New York City’s largest buildings shows some to be power hogs, using up to five times as much electricity, natural gas, heating oil and steam as others of comparable size or purpose. And there is ample room for improvement. The [...] Read More

By Daysha Eaton | KSKA: Officials fired up the state’s first methane power plant at the Anchorage Regional Landfill Tuesday. Doyon Utilities built the $26 million plant this summer. It uses methane gas created by decomposing garbage to create electricity. Doyon Utilities, The Municipality of Anchorage and Joint-Base Elmendorf Richardson partnered on the project. Dignitaries [...] Read More

By Gardiner Harris and Jim Yardley | New York Times: As electric power was restored across India on Wednesday, the nation’s new power minister sought to tamp down a growing argument between state and federal ministers over who was to blame for Tuesday’s unprecedented blackout. “I don’t think one can have a blame game between [...] Read More

By Jeff Richardson | Fairbanks Daily News Miner: Fairbanks had by far the highest utility costs among U.S. urban areas in 2011, according to a national survey, with local residents paying more than double the national average. According to data collected by The Council for Community and Economic Research, Fairbanks residents paid nearly 112 percent [...] Read More

By Suzanna Caldwell | Alaska Dispatch: There are some new, very tall figures between the spruce trees, sand dunes and boggy ponds that cover Fire Island, just 3 miles west of Anchorage. Fire Island Wind, a subsidiary of CIRI, has nearly finished erecting 11 wind turbines on the island, the endgame after more than a [...] Read More