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By Tim Bradner of the Alaska Journal of Commerce:  The Regulatory Commission of Alaska has approved an agreement for Chugach Electric Assoc. to purchase wind power from Fire Island Wind LLC, a subsidiary of Cook Inlet Region, Inc. in a decision issued late Oct. 10. It’s not a done deal yet, however. Under the contract [...] Read More

What a neat project! A friend at Nature Conservancy told me about this project. In far flung places in the Sudan, they have trouble with access to power for medical facilities. That means they might not be able to run equipment needed for surgery or might not have lights to operate at night, or might [...] Read More

By STEVE CLEARY in the Anchorage Daily News:After years of talk, research, negotiation, back and forth and back again — Chugach Electric’s board unanimously approved a contract to buy power from CIRI’s Fire Island wind farm this past June. Since no other utility signed up for the power, the project has shrunk to just one-third [...] Read More

Renewable energy projects are blooming across Alaska: Energy talk in Alaska is centered on whether we have a large-diameter or bullet-line-type natural gas pipeline, or the potential of the Watana hydroelectric generation facility on the Susitna River. This focus makes it easy to overlook the need for energy generation all over Alaska. Also overlooked are [...] Read More

By Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska: When you’re trying to tap geothermal energy, for heating or electrical generation, you’ve got to consider a number of factors. “The temperature is the obvious one. Flow rate is really important too,” says Gwen Holdmann, director of the University of Alaska’s Center for Power and Energy. She spoke at the recent [...] Read More

By Jill Burke of Alaska Dispatch: As the Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA) listens to arguments about whether Chugach Electric Association should be allowed to incorporate wind energy into its power portfolio, another government body – the FAA – is taking steps to make sure development on Fire Island won’t interfere with navigation signals beamed [...] Read More

By Edward W. Lempinen, American Association for the Advancement of Science: DILLINGHAM, Alaska—Tom Marsik and Kristin Donaldson are building a house a few minutes’ drive from the center of this small city, a two-story model with peat-brown vinyl siding that blends easily with the yellows and golds of the tundra in early autumn. The location [...] Read More

By DAVID JOLLY for the New York Times: If Parisians can share bicycles, why not cars, too? Bertrand Delanoë, the Socialist mayor of Paris, and the billionaire investor Vincent Bolloré think they will. To that end they have begun an ambitious new electric-vehicle partnership called Autolib, extending the city’s effort to reimagine urban mobility and [...] Read More

Jill Burke of Alaska Dispatch: As the Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA) listens to arguments about whether Chugach Electric Association should be allowed to incorporate wind energy into its power portfolio, another government body – the FAA – is taking steps to make sure development on Fire Island won’t interfere with navigation signals beamed to [...] Read More

By Becky Bohrer The Associated Press: U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says high energy costs are “sapping the economic strength” of Alaska and its families. With the focus in Washington expected to stay on reducing federal spending, she says it will be critical for state and private funding to help fill the void and make new [...] Read More