By David Shaffer | The Star Tribune: Minnesota soon could see at least a sevenfold expansion of solar power. In an unprecedented ruling, a judge reviewing whether Xcel Energyshould invest in new natural gas generators vs. large solar power arrays concluded Tuesday that solar is a better deal. If the finding by Administrative Law Judge Eric […] Read More

By Cassandra Profita | Jefferson Public Radio:  Northwest sports teams are leading an effort to use the widespread appeal of basketball, football, baseball and hockey to spread an environmental message. A group formed by six teams in Portland, Seattle and Vancouver, B.C., called the Green Sports Alliance set out three years ago to improve the environmental performance […] Read More

The Alaska Dispatch:  Finland’s southwestern city of Salo has just completed Finland’s largest solar power farm, designed to power the Astrum business center. The plant is one of just a few solar energy facilities in the country. Finland’s largest solar energy plant is set to power on next year in the southwestern city of Salo, […] Read More

By Joseph Miller | The Bristol Bay Times: As the fall semester at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Bristol Bay Campus is drawing to a close, the registration for Spring classes are opening up and revealing several new and engaging courses for students for the upcoming year, including a course on the mechanics and the […] Read More

By Anne Hillman | Alaska Public Radio Network: Agnes is a seven-month-old sea otter pup who was rescued and sent to the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward. She’s swimming around a pool with another orphaned otter. The center’s marine mammal curator Derek Woodie says the otters don’t have any blubber, they rely on their thick […] Read More

By Suzanna Caldwell | The Alaska Dispatch: SEWARD — It’s hard to miss the picturesque beauty of Resurrection Bay when you’re in this seaside town. Tucked between steep mountains, the bay serves as a gateway to Prince William Sound — known for its majestic beauty, bountiful fishing and recreation paradise for residents of Southcentral Alaska. […] Read More

By Suzanna Caldwell | The Alaska Dispatch: A battle quietly — though contentiously — has been brewing among electrical producers in Alaska. On one side are independent power producers, a group with wildly different entities sharing one goal: To privately produce power, usually renewable power, either for themselves or to sell to utilities. On the […] Read More

By Alex DeMarban | The Alaska Dispatch: With Alaska’s government now in the red but still blowing hundreds of millions of dollars on multiple energy mega-projects, it’s time for a comprehensive analysis of those projects to help Alaska leaders prioritize the public’s money and stop wasting money on pipe dreams. That was the take-home message […] Read More

By Elwood Brehmer | Alaksa Journal of Commerce: When Bill Staby first arrived in Yakutat he drew a quick realization from a small tube of toothpaste on a store shelf: life in Yakutat is expensive. The toothpaste was $4. “Not only did I think, ‘gee, that’s really expensive,’ but I wondered how many of these […] Read More

By Tegan Hanlon | Anchorage Daily News: Declaring the first year of generating electricity from wind at Fire Island a success, its Native corporation owner plans to double the number of turbines even as its customer, Chugach Electric Association, hasn’t fully accommodated a power source as variable as the wind. The 262-foot tall turbines just […] Read More