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Can a house in cold Edmonton produce as much power as it consumes? Environmentalists are trying By Maurice Tougas in See Magazine: It’s a cold February morning, with the temperature barely nudging -25C. Inside a Mill Creek home shared by Conrad Nobert, his wife Rechel Amores and their two young children, it’s cool but comfortable. [...] Read More

By Patti Epler in Alaska Dispatch: ConocoPhillips will likely have to shut in gas wells in its Beluga and and North Cook Inlet fields this summer since it won’t need the gas for export to Japan, a company official told a legislative committee on Tuesday. Dan Clark, manager of Cook Inlet assets for ConocoPhillips, appeared [...] Read More

By Jennifer Gibbins for The Cordova Times: With a goal of reducing energy costs and bringing homes up to safe, healthy and energy efficient standards, 14 homes in Cordova have recently received weatherization services through the Alaska Weatherization Program. “This program is wonderful. I could not have afforded to hire anyone to come and do [...] Read More

From RenewableEnergyWorld.com: Wind energy, it appears, has never been so competitive. Prices for wind turbines last year dropped below €1 million ($1.36 million) per megawatt for the first time since 2005, due largely to over-capacity, greater manufacturing efficiency and increased scale, according to the market researcher Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The group’s most recent Wind [...] Read More

Southcentral Alaska gets 90% of its electricity from natural gas and more than 50% of its heat so this has implications for our natural gas supply. It’s also an example of why diversifying our energy sources to include renewable energy would lessen the economic impact of closures like this. By Patti Epler of Alaska Dispatch: [...] Read More

By Katie Hyslop for the TheTyee.ca: When the provincial government decided all new school buildings must meet the LEED Gold standard in 2008, the motive was making B.C. the province with the first carbon-neutral government in Canada, with the added benefit of saving school districts some energy costs. But new avenues of research into the [...] Read More

From the Alaska Journal of Commerce:Ormat Technologies’ summer 2010 small-bore drilling program on the southern flanks of Mount Spurr volcano, on the west side of Alaska’s Cook Inlet, has confirmed the likely existence of a geothermal source that would enable power generation for the Alaska Railbelt, Paul Thomsen, Ormat’s director of policy and business development, [...] Read More

From the U.S. Department of Energy’s EERE Office: In a move designed to encourage energy conservation, the Hawaii Electric Light Co. has begun using a lower price per kilowatt hour (kWh) when billing residential customers who use less electricity. The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission recently approved the new three-tiered rate structure, and as of January [...] Read More

By Matthew L. Wald of the New York Times: In late 2009, the federal government gave $151 million in grants to advance 37 clean energy ideas deemed too radical or too preliminary to attract much private financing — like electricity storage that mimics photosynthesis and batteries that double or triple the energy stored per pound. [...] Read More

By SCOTT STREATER of Greenwire: Idaho, sitting atop the nation’s third-largest geothermal resource, is working to ease development restrictions on prime state-owned lands with hopes of attracting new interest and investment in what is arguably the nation’s least-known renewable energy fuel. Four bills being floated in the state Legislature would remove a 10-year expiration clause [...] Read More