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By Matt Buxton | The Fairbanks Daily News Miner: FAIRBANKS — On a sunny Monday afternoon, Paul Woodman stood in a trench dug around a home off Chena Pump Road, his hand exploring a space between the building and its siding that could be tricky to insulate. With frigid winter temperatures months away, it might [...] Read More

By KCAW, Sitka:  It was just a few years ago that Sitka’s electric utility predicted a significant increase in the number of electric vehicles on the road, especially in places with inexpensive electric power. But Sitka’s interest in electric cars has remained flat. KCAW’s Erik Neumann recently visited an electric car owner in Sitka to [...] Read More

By Felicity Barringer | The New York Times: For commercial building owners, energy-efficiency improvements have had modest appeal. Switching to less power-hungry light bulbs is relatively easy, and the payoff relatively swift. But replacing furnaces or boilers or reconfiguring the building’s shell involves sinking millions of dollars into an asset that the owner may want [...] Read More

By John M. Broder | The New York Times: WASHINGTON — The White House has blocked several Department of Energy regulations that would require appliances, lighting and buildings to use less energy and create less global-warming pollution, as part of a broader slowdown of new antipollution rules issued by the Obama administration. The administration has [...] Read More

By Craig Medred | The Alaska Dispatch: BETHEL, Alaska — The red barn on the barren, windswept plain along the Kuskokwim River outside of this village-cum-regional-hub in far Western Alaska is more than a touchstone for some foolish pioneer yearning for a homeland far away. Tim Meyers doesn’t much miss Wisconsin. He left there a [...] Read More

Alaska Business Monthly: ANCHORAGE, AK, June 4, 2013 – Under new program changes adopted by Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC), beginning July 1, 2013, Alaska homeowners participating in the Home Energy Rebate Program for new construction may qualify for a “6 Star” energy rating. The sixth star will be awarded for homes that meet the highest [...] Read More

By Andrew Revkin | The New York Times:  The International Energy Agency today released a helpful report that charts four climate-wise (if fairly familiar) actions countries can pursue to make a difference in greenhouse-gas emissions by 2020. There’s a low bar to entry, the agency noted, saying these steps “can deliver significant emissions reductions by 2020, rely [...] Read More

By Matthew L. Wald | The New York Times: One reason that offshore wind has not caught on in the United States is the steep cost of erecting a tower in the water, but researchers at the University of Maine tried another approach on Friday bylaunching a floating wind machine. It is the first offshore wind [...] Read More

Anchorage Daily News: Despite worries across the U.S. that proliferating wind farms will endanger birds, officials in Kodiak say the city’s small, 4-year-old wind farm hasn’t resulted in even one report of a bird death. Part of the reason is that the Pillar Mountain wind farm site is relatively bird-free, according to the Kodiak Electric [...] Read More

By Margaret Kriz Hobson | The Alaska Dispatch:  At a time when international competition is heating up to export liquefied natural gas into Asia, Alaska is scrambling to become a major player in foreign export markets, while also giving state consumers access to local fuel. America’s northernmost state wants to commercialize the 34 trillion cubic [...] Read More