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By David Bornstein | The New York Times: If you wanted to get large numbers of people actively engaged in helping to solve global warming, how might you go about it? For years, the main approach in the environmental movement has been to sound the alarm bell and implore people to consume less, switch to […] Read More

By: Ned Rozell | Alaska Science: Outside the Fly By Café, the ravens are flying backwards. At least they appear to be, as a powerful wind suspends them in time and space. A brewing ground blizzard in this Southwest Alaska hub is making it difficult for Jack Hébert to get to Atmautluak, a village of […] Read More

By Ed Schoenfeld | CoastAlaska News: Surfers from around the world travel to Yakutat’s remote beaches to catch big waves. Now, the community, hundreds of miles away from the nearest grid, wants to make another use of that power. “If we’re able to convert that energy that’s pounding on our shores and displace diesel, the […] Read More

By Suzanna Caldwell | Alaska Dispatch: Looking at the warmth radiating from his friend’s wood stove pipe, Alaskan Theo Graber had an idea. What if someone could take that heat and convert it into electricity? What if there was a way the noisy generator rumbling outside his friend’s cabin could be a thing of the […] Read More

By Lisa Demer | Anchorage Daily News: In Lower Cook Inlet, 60 miles southwest of Homer, active and spectacular Augustine Volcano stands as the state’s latest hot prospect for geothermal energy. The Division of Oil and Gas intends to offer explorers the chance to bid for leasing rights on the entirety of Augustine Island, its tidelands […] Read More

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