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The latest Electric Power Monthly Report released by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows net U.S. electrical generation from renewable sources (biomass, geothermal, solar, hydro, and wind) reached an all-time high in May of 2009, comprising 13% of the total electrical generation for the month. Renewable sources for May ’09 generated 40,395,000 Megawatt hours (Mwh), […] Read More

Anchorage mayor Dan Sullivan announced an emergency plan for averting a gas crisis this winter that unaddressed could leave homes in Southcentral without electricity and heat. The plan got lots of coverage so I won’t go into details here beyond giving you the links to the stories. The gist of the problem is that on […] Read More

Requests for those FREE Kill-A-Watt energy meters are piling up fast. The waiting list, as of today, is up to 65 people at the Anchorage library. That’s just a few days after media reports about the program (started by Eagle Scout Garrison Wilts), which lets you check the energy meters out from the library. The […] Read More

A story in the Las Vegas Sun newspaper talks about a growing trend – the boom in renewable energy jobs for people who know how to operate and install renewable energy systems. Expect to see more of these — jobs and stories. Training is also an issue that is starting to get some attention. In […] Read More

From Rena Delbridge at the Alaska Dispatch: Gov. Sean Parnell submitted a plan to federal energy officials Wednesday on how to spend what may be the state’s most controversial $28.2 million — stimulus money that his predecessor, Sarah Palin, rejected before resigning in July. Under Parnell’s plan, much of the stimulus funding would go toward […] Read More

There may be few better places to test energy-efficient home building than in Anaktuvuk Pass, which lies above the Arctic Circle and is known for its cold temperatures. The average temperature in January  is minus 14 degrees. Now more villages may be following Anaktuvuk’s lead, according to this story by Alex Demarban of Alaska Newspapers […] Read More

An interesting story today by John Timmer on Ars Technica site about the need  for more energy storage on the electric grid, especially as more renewable energy sources come on line. It’s a bit of an esoteric topic, or at least one that doesn’t get a lot of public discussion. But the storage is a […] Read More

From the Homer Tribune: The owners of Bear Creek Winery and Lodging are some of the first in town to install a wind system, hoping to generate enough electricity to operate equipment in the winery – including keeping the building warm enough to allow the wine to ferment. Dorothy and Bill Fry, who established Bear […] Read More

Indian Country Today takes a look at the search for geothermal power in the Aleutians: A geophysical survey team is using electromagnetic probes in the remote community of Akutan, Alaska to help investigate the potential of the nearby geothermal resource. If a significant resource is identified this would potentially allow the Eastern Aleutian region to […] Read More

From New York Times reporter Todd Woody:  In a rural corner of Nevada reeling from the recession, a bit of salvation seemed to arrive last year. A German developer, Solar Millennium, announced plans to build two large solar farms here that would harness the sun to generate electricity, creating hundreds of jobs. But then things […] Read More