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By Sean Doogan | The Alaska Dispatch: Scientists and drillers are searching for hot water — and lots of it — at Pilgrim Hot Springs, 60 miles northeast of Nome on Alaska’s western coast. A drill rig is currently chewing away at the earth, and has passed 750 feet in depth. Once it reaches 1,000 [...] Read More

By Tim Bradner | Anchorage Daily News: We’re a bit spoiled in Southcentral Alaska when it comes to energy. Home heating and electricity, fueled mainly with gas, are still cheap compared with other parts of the state. In Fairbanks, where fuel oil is used, winter heating bills rival mortgage payments. In rural Alaska, fuel oil [...] Read More

By Anne Hillman | Alaska Public Radio Network: It may become easier for independent energy producers to provide power to the grid. The Regulatory Commission of Alaska has agreed to review out-of-date statutes that some say are holding up renewable energy projects. MORE Read More

By Suzanna Caldwell | The Alaska Dispatch: It’s been 31 years since the Regulatory Commission of Alaska has taken a hard look at the rules of engagement when small, independent power producers try to sell energy to large electric utilities. One man is hoping to change that and in the process not only encourage development [...] Read More

By Alexandra Gutierrez | Alaska Public Radio Network: The Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) is in charge of managing what’s called the “energy efficiency revolving loan fund.” They can issue up to $250 million dollars in loans to school districts, boroughs, municipalities, and the university system. Given what a big problem energy costs are across [...] Read More

By Laureli Kinneen | KNOM: Drilling for a geothermal test well began today north of Nome at the Pilgrim Hot Springs. The Alaska Center for Energy and Power estimates two megawatts of sustainable power can be generated from the site. If the estimates are true, Nome residents may soon see the benefits of tapping into the [...] Read More

By Sara Bernard | Alaska Public Radio Network: Tidal power, wave, wind and solar: there’s no lack of options when it comes to renewable energy in Alaska. To participants at the Alaska Renewable Energy Fair on the Anchorage Park Strip last weekend, Alaska may be one of the best places on the planet to develop [...] Read More

Ocean Renewable Energy Coalition: August 1, 2013—Today, Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, respectively, together introduced the Marine and Hydrokinetic Renewable Energy Act of 2013 (S. 1419). This legislation is an important step in the continued development of our nation’s marine and hydrokinetic resources [...] Read More

By Laurel Andrews | The Alaska Dispatch: Geothermal heat is keeping Habitat for Humanity’s new home in North Pole toasty at half the cost of a regular water boiler, delivering savings directly to the family who moved into the house in January. Now, the non-profit has another geothermal project on the table. With high heating [...] Read More

By Carey Restino | The Homer Tribune: Anyone who has spent time on the waters near Homer can tell you that there’s no question there is a lot of tidal energy in the Cook Inlet. 
Since 2011, the Homer Electric Association has been eyeing that energy as a possible source of power for the area, [...] Read More