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By Pat Forgey of the Juneau Empire: Gustavus no longer looks to Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan and envies their cheap and plentiful hydroelectric power. Instead, other Southeast Alaska communities are looking towards Gustavus and wondering whether they can do what the Icy Strait city did: Overcome decades-long hurdles, and replace its diesel generators with cheap, [...] Read More

By Keith Bradsher of the New York Times: Premier Wen Jiabao has promised to use an “iron hand” this summer to make his nation more energy efficient. The central government has ordered cities to close inefficient factories by September, like the vast Guangzhou Steel mill here, where most of the 6,000 workers will be laid [...] Read More

By Todd Woody for the New York Times’ Green blog: SunRun, a San Francisco start-up that leases rooftop solar arrays to homeowners, said Tuesday it had raised $55 million from investors. The equity investment led by Sequoia Capital, a prominent Silicon Valley venture firm, is one of the largest made in a solar leasing firm [...] Read More

From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Starting this fall, you’re likely to see a new breed of road sign along Interstate 5 for electric vehicle drivers looking for a spot to plug in and recharge. With help from a $1.32 million federal grant, the state Transportation Department plans to turn Interstate 5 into the nation’s first “electric [...] Read More

From the Associated Press: The Golden Valley Electric Association says a wind farm near Healy could prevent increases in customer rates because it would likely produce cheaper power than wholesale prices the utility pays. The proposed $93 million Eva Creek wind farm would be the largest in the state and could produce power for a [...] Read More

Anchorage Daily News editorial: Alaska is an oil and gas producing state. Alaska also is working its way closer to the front lines of renewable energy research and production. That’s one of the encouraging conclusions to draw from last week’s conference on “The Business of Clean Energy in Alaska,” organized by the nonprofit Renewable Energy [...] Read More

An editorial by REAP Board member Doug Johnson in the Alaska Journal of Commerce: As a fourth-generation Alaskan, I know how important oil and gas are for our state. The petroleum industry drives a third of the state’s economy and pays about 85 percent of the bills for state government.So why am I devoting my [...] Read More

By Joshua Saul at Alaska Dispatch: Eagle, a community of 200 far up the Yukon River and just a short snowmachine ride from the Canadian border, faces an issue that affects many remote Alaska communities: Electricity generated by burning diesel fuel, which has to be shipped in on small barges that travel during the ice-free [...] Read More

By Tim Bradner at the Alaska Journal of Commerce: Gov. Sean Parnell is taking flak for his June 3 vetoes of state funds for energy projects. “The governor has talked a lot about how we have to be fiscally conservative, but these are projects that will make our communities more self-reliant and less dependent on [...] Read More

By Len Anderson at KSKA: Alaska Waste showed off its new biodiesel plant today at its South Anchorage facility. It’s the first commercially-sized operation of its size in the state and will be used to help fuel the refuse company’s truck fleet. (The company is collecting used cooking oil from local restaurants and food servers [...] Read More