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By Alaska Business Monthly:  After 22 months of construction, the new Southcentral Power Project is now under utility control.  As of 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 31, Chugach Electric Association accepted “care, custody and control” from SNC-Lavalin Constructors, the contractor hired to build the new power plant for two Anchorage-area utilities. “I’m very proud of the [...] Read More

By Brian Smith | The Peninsula Clarion: As Alaska lawmakers discuss looming gas shortages predicted by utilities, many on both sides of the gavel have made mention of how importing liquefied natural gas to meet immediate demand might affect the existing market and production levels in the future. Representatives from a research firm predicting the gas [...] Read More

By Jim Witkin | The New York Times: Sacramento has announced a new program to help finance energy-saving upgrades for buildings like adding insulation, replacing old windows, installing high-efficiency heating and cooling systems or adding rooftop solar panels. Owners of homes or commercial buildings will incur no upfront costs for taking part in the program, Clean [...] Read More

By Matt Buxton | Fairbanks Daily News Miner: While the rest of the Capitol Building was stirring awake early Thursday morning, a group of legislators tasked with developing Alaska’s resources to solve the state’s energy problems met for the first time. It was the Senate Special Committee on In-State Energy and its co-chairs Sens. Click Bishop, [...] Read More

By Rusell Stigall | Juneau Empire: Renewable energy is growing in Alaska, but Power Cost Equalization is still a utility’s preferred way to shrink energy bills. Alaska’s power producers met with Legislators, staff and the public Wednesday for a lunch learning session sponsored by the House Energy Committee. Four speakers represented the four major electrical regions [...] Read More

By Lorien Nettleton | KTNA-Talkeetna: Planning for the proposed Susitna Watana Hydro dam is back on track. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission had delayed the project, after finding some of the studies inadequate.  But the agency reversed that decision, after receiving appeals from Governor Sean Parnell, Alaska’s Congressional delegation, and state lawmakers. MORE Read More

KCAW News: Chris Rose, the executive director of the Renewable Energy Alaska Project, and Shaina Kilcoyne, energy efficiency director, discuss three pilot projects they’re working on in Sitka, Kake, and Craig. MORE Read More

By Mike Dunham | Anchorage Daily News: Tons of dried grain used to make Alaska beer that would once have been shipped to the Lower 48 is now being reused in-state — to brew more beer. In October, the Alaskan Brewing Company began using a new $1.8 million boiler specially designed to burn the “spent” grain [...] Read More

By Diane Cardwell | The New York Times:  The lighting industry has finally come up with an energy-efficient replacement for the standard incandescent bulb that people actually seem to like: the LED bulb. Although priced at around 20 times more than the old-fashioned incandescents, bulbs based on LEDs, or light-emitting diodes, last much longer and [...] Read More

Alaska Housing Finance Corporation: Alaska homeowners who used the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation Home Energy Rebate Program or 5 Star Plus New Home Rebate Program and have since built or purchased a new or existing home are eligible for a new rebate. The program change is implemented starting today. Alaskans interested or wanting to sign up [...] Read More