From the U.S. Dept. of Energy: The U.S. Department of Energy announced today that 20 communities, including Tanana, have been selected for more than $60 million in funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to implement local energy efficiency and renewable energy programs that will reduce energy use by American homes, vehicles, and businesses. […] Read More

By Pat Forgey at the Juneau Empire: Gov. Sean Parnell’s cuts to renewable energy projects, including some important to Southeast, are receiving criticism – and many questions. The cuts came while other energy projects aimed at oil and gas development received funding. Parnell slashed in half the $50 million renewable energy grant fund approved by […] Read More

By Marietta Cauchi of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES: Private equity firms are preparing for a surge of investment in renewable energy, with on-shore wind farms the number-one target, according to research released Friday. More than three-quarters of private equity executives polled at a recent conference by KPMG said they planned to invest in renewable energy of […] Read More

From the Associated Press: The governors of 10 East Coast states have joined federal authorities to form a consortium that will promote the development of offshore wind energy. U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Tuesday the establishment of the Atlantic Offshore Wind Energy Consortium will promote safe and environmentally responsible development, enhance the nation’s energy […] Read More

From Christine Kim at KTUU-TV: Sen. Lisa Murkowski was one of two U.S. senators who spoke about energy challenges facing Alaska and the nation in Anchorage Saturday morning. Her speech was part of the closing ceremony for the three-day National Women’s Leadership Summit.  Dozens of women attended Murkowski’s speech at the Anchorage Downtown Marriott, and […] Read More

From Steve Quinn at the Alaska Journal of Commerce: The coastal waters have fed and supported this fishing community of 8,000 residents for decades. And now city leaders are looking to the lakes for help. Sitka is pursuing a hydro electric power generation expansion that won’t come cheap: about $100 million. But a successful expansion […] Read More

Congratulations to Kodiak Electric Association. The community’s three 1.5-megawatt each wind turbines installed last year on Pillar Mountain are featured in the June edition of the Alaska Airlines magazine (p.30) and are part of a 4.5-minute segment on the Discovery Channel’s Shades of Green show. In the video, Kodiak Electric CEO Darron Scott talks about […] Read More

From Ted Land at KTUU: ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Gov. Sean Parnell signed a pair of bills into law Wednesday that might allow companies to break ground on large-scale renewable energy projects in Alaska this summer.  One bill strips away some of the regulation for renewable projects that sell their power to regulated utility companies. The […] Read More

From the Associated Press: President Barack Obama said Wednesday that the “heartbreaking” oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico underscores the urgent need for alternative fuel sources to feed the United States’ energy needs. Speaking at a northern California company that manufactures solar panels, Obama said that moving to an energy strategy more dependent on […] Read More

Washington, May 21 – Washington, D.C. – Alaskan Congressman Don Young introduced H.R. 5352, Alaska Clean Energy Development Act, this afternoon. This legislation would classify Alaska hydropower renewable for the purposes of the renewable energy tax credits, federal programs, and standards, if it is less than 50 megawatts; or is generated through the use of […] Read More