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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

Renewable Energy World: On January 1, 2013, Congress passed legislation that included the long-sought extension of wind energy tax credits in a bill to avert the “fiscal cliff” that now moves to President Obama for his expected signature. The extension of the production tax credit (PTC) and Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is expected to save up […] Read More

By Dan Joling | Associated Press: Resurrection Bay teems with salmon, herring and humpback whales, but when Alaska SeaLife Center chief executive officer Tara Riemer Jones looks at the fiord outside her window, she sees a way to cut her building’s heating bill. The center this month turned off boilers that burn expensive fuel oil in […] Read More

By Chris Klint | KTUU-Anchorage: The Alaska Housing Finance Corp. has announced a plan to award $35 million in grants and tax credits in six Alaska communities next year, building or upgrading nearly 200affordable apartments for low-income and senior Alaskans. An AHFC statement says its 2013 Greater Opportunities for Affordable Living program will generate an estimated $47 […] Read More

By Dan Bross | KUAC – Fairbanks: Preliminary engineering is underway for the proposed Susitna Watana hydro electric dam.  The state has hired Colorado based MWH Global to develop designs for the project, which would provide rail belt power. MORE Read More

By Suzanna Caldwell | Alaska Dispatch: The rivalry between Anchorage and Fairbanks — Alaska’s two largest cities — is a fierce one. Which community has the most culture, which has the better university and which has the superior athletic squads are all debates that have raged since statehood. But an October report from the Alaska […] Read More