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By Richard Radford of Capital City Weekly: Residents of Juneau concerned with an increase in their monthly utility bills might find it easy to forget that in some Southeast communities, energy woes have been a constant issue for years. Rural areas like Angoon, heavily dependent on fossil fuels, face energy prices as high as ten […] Read More

By Tim Bradner in the Anchorage Daily News: The year 2014 is hanging over Southcentral Alaska like the Sword of Damocles. That’s the year the natural gas runs out, at least in a manner of speaking, or so some experts believe. It’s when the annual production of gas from our depleting Southcentral gas fields may […] Read More

By Jonathan Grass of the Juneau Empire: Construction of the new Downtown Transportation Center at the corner of Egan Drive and Main Street has included a new feature, something to provide some green in more than one sense. The project’s new transit center will be home to a “green roof,” which the minds behind it […] Read More

REAP Communications Director Stephanie Nowers wrote this editorial which appeared in the Anchorage Daily News With the recent disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, people across the country have been questioning our country’s reliance on fossil fuels and are searching for alternatives to diversify our energy supply. Many are looking more closely at […] Read More

By MATTHEW L. WALD of the New York Times: The rapid growth of wind farms, whose output is hard to schedule reliably or even predict, has the nation’s electricity providers scrambling to develop energy storage to ensure stability and improve profits. As the wind installations multiply, companies have found themselves dumping energy late at night, […] Read More

By LOUIS GARCIA in the Kodiak Daily Mirror: The Kodiak High School wind turbine project that started in 2008 is starting to pick up speed. Various administrators and KHS teacher Jane Eisemann have been meeting with the Kodiak Electric Association and the Coast Guard to get the Wind for Schools Program under way. The Skystream, […] Read More

From Anne Hillman at KUCB: Only 90 people live in the Aleutian Island community of Akutan. But the village hosts one of the largest fish processing plants in the state. And soon, they might also be home to one of the largest geothermal energy plants. With over $2.5 million from an Alaska Renewable Energy grant, […] Read More

From Renewable Energy World.com: One hundred and eighteen new offshore wind turbines were fully connected to the grid in the first half of 2010 according to new statistics released today by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). Those 118 turbines have a capacity of 333 megawatts (MW) – well over half the 577 MW installed […] Read More

From Alaska Dispatch: According to the Kodiak Daily Mirror, Island Seafoods, a small fish processor on Shelikof Street in Kodiak, is hoping to boost the marketing of its product by touting its connection to sustainable energy, via Kodiak’s Pillar Mountain wind farm. “We’re going to have a green label that says something like, ‘Sustainable fish […] Read More

By Alexis Madrigal at the Atlantic Monthly: Energy markets are weird. Though we talk about renewable energy sources being “competitive” with traditional power plants, the price people pay for electricity varies widely. People in New England pay almost twice as much for electricity as their cousins in Kentucky or Montana. On that spectrum, the strangest […] Read More