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

REAP note: Before switching to hydro, Gustavus was burning about 20,000 gallons of diesel a month. By Craig Medred of Alaska Dispatch: FALLS CREEK — At the end of a three-mile road to nowhere, on the southern edge of one of North America’s wildest national parks, the sound of a clean, environmentally friendly energy future […] Read More

From UAF news: After two years of design and development, oceanographers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks are installing a new alternative energy device along the arctic coast of Alaska. The device will provide power to scientific instruments in remote areas, where sources of electricity are often scarce. “In principle, the device means that we […] Read More

From Hydroworld: U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, has introduced two pieces of legislation aimed at increasing the production of electricity from renewable hydropower and creating jobs in America’s energy sector. The “Hydropower Improvement Act” and the “Hydropower Renewable Energy Development Act” would boost federal support for hydropower projects. The Hydropower Improvement Act, co-sponsored by Sen. […] Read More

Small town Tanana, Alaska is off the grid. The city of about 300 people lies 132 mostly roadless miles from Fairbanks, making it easier to reach by airplane than by car. From the U.S Department of Energy: That means Tanana has to burn diesel to create electricity, pushing up the cost to 76 cents per […] Read More

By Brielle Schaeffer of the Peninsula Clarion: The Kenai City Council unanimously passed a resolution Wednesday supporting the development of wind and alternative energies, energy efficient projects within the city and open meetings with other local governments on the Peninsula. “I support the resolution on the compact for climate change,” said Nadia Daggett, North Kenai […] Read More

By Mark Masteller in the Anchorage Daily News: Thanks to clever marketers, if I said I had a problem with ED, you might immediately have an idea what I’m talking about. But I have a problem with EE. It’s no cause for embarrassment — EE is a great thing. EE can save you money, create […] Read More

By Lori Tipton at KTUU-TV: Exploratory drilling is under way in King Salmon to determine the potential for geothermal energy. The Naknek Electric Association, an energy co-op, is testing a geothermal well to see if developing the renewable resource is feasible. The geothermal project’s test well took more than 10 years to come together, at […] Read More

From the Anchorage Daily News editorial staff: Robin Eckstein knows about U.S. dependence on foreign oil in more ways than one. She served as a truck driver with the Army’s 1st Armored Division in Iraq, ferrying fuel and water for her fellow soldiers. She left the service in 2007, but she since has found another […] Read More

By ALAN COWELL of the New York Times: PARIS — Slender as a stick insect, a solar-powered experimental airplane with a huge wing span completed its first test flight of more than 24 hours on Thursday, powered overnight by energy collected from the sun during a day aloft over Switzerland. The organizers said the flight […] Read More