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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

By Alan Bailey | Petroleum News:  After a year, Chugach Electric Association has purchased about 50,000 megawatt hours of electricity from Cook Inlet Region Inc.’s wind farm on Fire Island, off Anchorage, the utility told the Regulatory Commission of Alaska on Jan. 30. The wind farm started outputting power at the end of August 2012, […] Read More

By Martin LaMonica | The Guardian: You’re leaving work early one afternoon so you go online and adjust the thermostat to preheat your home. After dinner, you load the dishwasher and it decides the best time to run based on the availability of renewable energy and cost. On your way to work the next morning, you […] Read More

By Jim Malewitz | The New York Times: The “polar vortex” that swept across much of the nation early this month knocked two North Texas power plants offline just as residents began turning up the heat and revving up power use. Grid operators fixed the problem, but not before warning consumers that they were a step away […] Read More

By Elen Lockyer | KSKA, Anchorage: Alaska’s Railbelt electric companies are the sole users of the state’s main transmission lines that carry energy from the Bradley Lake hydropower project in Homer north to Fairbanks. But changes are coming. Managers of the state-owned portion of the line – called the Alaska Intertie – want to give independent […] Read More

By Kate Troll | For the Juneau Empire: While many state leaders focus on the graph that shows the expected decline of oil from Prudhoe Bay (a field that currently exceeds its 30 year forecast), there is another energy graph that merits equal attention. It is the graph that shows a sharp, steady increase in […] Read More