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This editorial by Sens. Lesil McGuire and Bill Wielechowski appeared in the Anchorage Daily News: Alaskans want to live and work where energy is reliable and affordable. That is why we crafted the Alaska Sustainable Energy Act, which passed unanimously on the last day of the legislative session. This bipartisan legislation will pave the way [...] Read More

By Christopher Eshleman at the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Electric utility managers say it’s a federal clean energy program that has them poised to build a big wind farm near Healy.The program would repay more than two-thirds of construction costs for a $93 million Eva Creek farm, Golden Valley Electric Association president Brian Newton said Friday.  [...] Read More

This is a post by Herman K. Trabish on the New Energy News blog THE POINT If Alaska – with its long long nights so demanding of electricity for lights and its cold cold winters so crucially in need of heating – can transition to a New Energy economy, surely any state can. And Alaska [...] Read More

From Michael Kannelos at Greentech Media: Last year, Google surprised people when it said it would begin to invest in renewable power projects. Today, it followed through with the plan. The search giant said it has invested $38.8 million into two wind farm projects in North Dakota that will generate 169.5 megwatts of power. NextEra [...] Read More

This is only the latest company to jump on the energy efficiency bandwagon. It makes good business sense for the bottom line and the good publicity doesn’t hurt either. From Business Wire: J. C. Penney Company, Inc. today announced an environmental goal to reduce facility energy consumption 20 percent per gross square foot by 2015 [...] Read More

FAIRBANKS — A top state energy aide Wednesday encouraged electric utilities to keep thinking about collaborating on big energy projects, like dams or major transmission lines, projects likely needed to avoid energy deficits.  The idea, pitched this winter as a joint venture between Fairbanks and Southcentral utilities, failed in the Legislature. But Gene Therriault, a [...] Read More

From an April 29 press release from Golden Valley Electric Association: At the GVEA Annual Members’ Meeting on April 27, members heard about the possibility of the co-op taking on the largest wind project in Alaska. The project is called Eva Creek. GVEA Board Member Rick Shikora explained, “Golden Valley has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to [...] Read More

By Dante Petri at the Peninsula Clarion: The winds blew favorably for Homer Electric Association as the legislative session came to a close last week but the utility coop will have to hope for more of the same if it is to be granted the $7 million that state lawmakers allotted it for construction of [...] Read More

From the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: The Alaska Energy Authority has completed an informative and useful study of the state’s energy challenges. It’s also rather daunting. The study, presented this week at an energy conference in Fairbanks, described both the problems Alaska faces in trying to move to renewable energy sources and some ways it can [...] Read More

By Katharine Q. Seelye of the New York Times: After nine years of regulatory review, the federal government gave the green light on Wednesday to the nation’s first offshore wind farm, a fiercely contested project off the coast of Cape Cod. Opponents said they would continue to fight construction of the farm, known as Cape [...] Read More