Alaska Island Goes Renewable Amid Rising Electricity Prices
July 30, 2015
In Alaska and across the rest of the United States, electricity rates continue to rise, but not in Kodiak. Since 2001, Kodiak residents’ electric rates have dropped by 5 percent; in the same period, the national average has risen 50 percent. That drop can be credited in part to the wind turbines that now line the top of Pillar Mountain overlooking Kodiak’s harbor. Read the rest of the article.
Susitna Dam, Other Megaprojects Inch Forward Despite Moratorium
July 19, 2015
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker has lifted his moratorium on Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project work, a move that keeps the controversial project alive but doesn’t close the book on whether the massive dam will ever be built. Read the rest of the article.
Alaska Regulators Hope Voluntary Improvements can help “Balkanized” Electric System
July 6, 2015
Alaska utility regulators are pushing electric companies within the state’s industrialized rail belt to voluntarily upgrade and reform the regional transmission network or risk new state controls. Read the rest of the article.
Fort Yukon commences solar electricity generation
By: Dan Bross
June 2, 2015
Fort Yukon recently began the operation of its solar power utilities with the hopes of integrating their power into the power grid of this isolated northern community. Find out more about the power system in Fort Yukon.
5 Alaska Native communities to receive support for clean energy development through START program
May 28, 2015
The Department of Energy has selected five Alaska Native communities to receive funding through the START program to develop new clean energy projects. See which villages were selected for the program!
Kodiak achieves 100% renewable energy
By: Laurie Guevara-Stone
May 19, 2015
The Kodiak Electric Association is now almost entirely operated by wind and hydro power. Read about their success story here.
Alaska Airlines to purchase sustainable, affordable alcohol-to-jet fuel
By: Jim Lane
May 12, 2015
Gevo will soon begin selling renewable biofuel to Alaska Airlines to affordably and sustainably power their flights. The biofuels are to come from ethanol and/or biobutanol. Check out this emerging renewable fuel.
Senator Murkowski unveils energy package with several bills targeting energy and natural resource Alaska development, including hydropower
By: Erica Martinson
May 7, 2015
Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski is introducing seventeen new energy bills as part of a legislative package through Congress. Five of the new bills are aimed at Alaska, one of which would promote the development of hydropower in Alaska. You can find the full article here.
RCA hearings about reforming the Railbelt power transmission grid
By: Alan Bailey
May 3, 2015
The Regulatory Commission of Alaska has had multiple hearings regarding the proposed establishment of an independent power transmission grid management entity (an ISO). Proponents of an ISO feel that it will allow for maximum economic dispatch, thus representing huge savings for electricity consumers just like you.
Railbelt Electrical Transmission Authority proposed to reduce electricity costs
April 13, 2015
Two bills (SB105 and HB187) have been brought forward to the Alaska state legislature that propose to form a Railbelt Electrical Transmission Authority (RETA) in order to reduce electricity costs. Learn more about the proposed bill.
July 11, 2014
By Joaquin Palomino | Alaska Public Radio Network: Engineers have tried to harness the power of pounding waves and shifting tides for generations, but only recently has the goal been attainable. With 90 percent of the nation’s tidal power, and a good chunk of its wave and river energy, Alaska’s quickly become the epicenter for this […] Read More
July 8, 2014
By Evan Halper | The Seattle Times: WASHINGTON — As President Obama pushes ahead on a strategy to confront climate change that relies heavily on energy efficiency, some Americans may see flashbacks of Jimmy Carter trying to persuade them to wear an extra sweater and turn down the thermostat. The technology world sees dollar signs. Long […] Read More
July 2, 2014
By Sean Doogan | Alaska Dispatch: Beginning this month, Southcentral Alaska customers of Enstar – the state’s largest natural gas utility – will be digging deeper into their pockets to pay their bills. Effective July 1, Enstar customers will see their average monthly bill increase by 48.5 percent, according to John Sims, Enstar’s director of business development.That’s a jump of […] Read More
June 26, 2014
By Devin Kelly | Anchorage Daily News: The state housing authority released a report on Tuesday describing “severe shortcomings” in Alaska’s housing stock, related to high costs, poor energy efficiency, and overcrowding. The 1,400 page report, commissioned by the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation and authored by the Cold Climate Housing Research Center in Fairbanks, provides […] Read More
June 19, 2014
By Mary Catherine Martin | Capital City Weekly: Sitka is raising its bet on something it and other Southeast Alaska towns know well: water. The city-owned electric company is raising Blue Lake Dam by 83 feet and adding three new turbines in a bid to keep its power local, clean and separate from the fluctuating cost […] Read More
June 17, 2014
By Suzanna Caldwell | Alaska Dispatch: For years, many communities in Southeast Alaska basked in the relative abundance of affordable, accessible hydropower. But with supply, comes demand, and before long communities like Wrangell, Sitka and even Juneau found themselves turning to other renewable energy sources to make sure strained hydropower demands could be met. One of […] Read More
June 16, 2014
By Mark Rogowsky | Forbes: Noting that the global auto market is approaching 100 million vehicles annually and that, “It is impossible for Tesla to build electric cars fast enough to address the carbon crisis,” CEO Elon Musk announced today that the automaker is making all of its patents freely available on a good-faith basis. In […] Read More
June 16, 2014
By Suzanna Caldwell | Alaska Dispatch: In Yup’ik, the word “igiugig” means “like a throat that swallows water,” so it’s more than fitting that the village of the same name would be the test ground for one of Alaska’s first river-powered electrical generators. The Ocean Renewable Power Co. is getting ready to put its RivGen […] Read More
June 12, 2014
By Weston Morrow | Fairbanks Daily News Miner: FAIRBANKS — A single bicycle doesn’t typically produce much energy on its own, but in a small University of Alaska Fairbanks lab Wednesday it was enough to light up an entire city. Granted, the city was only about six square feet and consisted mostly of model houses, […] Read More
June 10, 2014
By Noah Buhayar & Jim Polson | Bloomberg Businessweek: Warren Buffett briefly lost track of how many billions of dollars his Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (A:US) is spending to build wind and solar power in the U.S. That didn’t stop him from vowing to double the outlay. Describing the company’s increasing investment in renewable energy at the Edison Electric Institute’s […] Read More