a lecture

Persily perforates Alaska natural gas line’s prospects in ‘Gasonomics’ talk

Longtime energy observer Larry Persily thinks Alaska will import natural gas to meet its needs, rather than building an in-state gas pipeline.
a Cook Inlet oil platform

Cook Inlet natural gas producer says it’s sitting on large deposit, but nobody wants in

Natural gas extraction in the Cook Inlet region has become more difficult, and utilities are considering importing it from outside Alaska.

Peltola flips script on long-running congressional drama over Arctic drilling

Room 1324 has seen this Alaska controversy play out for decades. This time, new characters changed the vibe.
a drilling rig

There’s lots of gas in Cook Inlet — here’s why some companies aren’t drilling

Leaders of Alaska’s biggest utilities say they don’t want to risk investing in drilling, when imported LNG appears reliable and competitive.
a map

Environmental groups ask federal appeals court to halt Willow oil project

The plaintiffs argue that Judge Sharon Gleason made a mistake when she allowed work to proceed on ConocoPhillips' Willow project.
Nikiski, AK.

Alaska gets $200M from feds for Railbelt energy project, Cook Inlet undersea cable

Alaska Beacon reporter James Brooks discussed the project, and the flexibility it could create for energy security on the Kenai Peninsula and beyond.
a gas pump

As gasoline prices fall, U.S. inflation cools to 3.2%

Gasoline prices tumbled 5% during October, which helped to keep overall inflation — down from 3.7% in September — in check.
a barge

The rivers froze before gasoline arrived in Nunapitchuk

A fuel barge sent to the Western Alaska village got stuck in forming ice last week. Vitus Energy plans to supply the fuel later when an ice road forms.
A view of Eklutna Lake.

Eklutna Hydro Project owners’ plan would return water to most, but not all of Eklutna River

The plan would bypass the dam and send water back down 11 of 12 miles of the Eklutna River. But some want to see the river fully restored.
a highway

Extreme flooding on Alaska’s Arctic highway caused thaw-induced sinking in later years

A 2015 flood that closed the Dalton Highway to the North Slope triggered permafrost thaw even miles away from the road, UAF research finds.
power lines

Feds award $19M in grants for Alaskans facing high energy costs

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says more than half of the funds are from Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program funding.
a natural gas line

State’s draft energy plan highlights familiar Alaska megaprojects, offers vague plans for renewables

The draft lays out some broad intentions to bring more renewable energy to the state. It also calls for the controversial Alaska LNG pipeline.
the view of a mountain range across an inlet

Dunleavy announces plan to incentivize Cook Inlet gas producers

The announcement comes amid looming natural gas shortages, and concerns about energy security in the Railbelt area, from Homer to Fairbanks.

Doyon Ltd. drops support for Ambler Road, at least temporarily

Doyon, the regional Native corporation for Interior Alaska, owns 10-12 miles of the two primary planned routes of the 211-mile Ambler Road.

Fall fuel barge makes its last Y-K Delta village visits before freeze-up

John Wagner with Northstar Gas said that the last of the villages, Nunapitchuk, will probably receive its fuel by the weekend.
an oil facility in a remote, snowy area

ConocoPhillips faces potential fine of $914,000 for Arctic gas leak

State regulators propose a civil punishment for last year's gas blowout at Alpine

Judge likely to rule next week on halting Willow construction on Alaska’s North Slope

The Legislature and Alaska's congressional delegation have jointly filed an amicus brief urging the judge not to grant an injunction.
the Willow project

New revenue estimate for Willow project presents rosier picture for Alaska treasury

Changed assumptions about tax credits, oil prices and other factors resulted in an estimate of early cash losses over a shorter period.
an oil facility in a remote, snowy area

Alaska regulators examine ConocoPhillips’ 2022 Alpine gas leak near Nuiqsut

ConocoPhillips says it now monitors well pressure more closely and would use more cement to reinforce its wells if needed.
a Juneau banking protest

Juneau residents join national demonstrations against banks that finance fossil fuels

What organizers called the “Great Alaska Credit Card Chainsaw Massacre” was among national protests for Tuesday's “Stop Dirty Banks Day of Action.”

How an Alaska oil and gas expert thinks the state could make money by not drilling in ANWR

Larry Persily wants the state to consider selling carbon credits for keeping the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge's oil and gas in the ground.
the Willow project

Conservation groups sue to block Biden-approved Willow oil project on Alaska’s North Slope

A day after President Biden approved the controversial North Slope oil development, opponents sought to stop it from moving forward.

Questions about Biden’s approval of Arctic drilling of Willow? We’ve got answers.

What we know about the permit ConocoPhillips won in the National Petroleum Reserve and the new limits Biden is imposing on drilling there.

Biden approves Willow oil project, announces new limits elsewhere in NPR-A

The Biden administration announced Monday that it will approve ConocoPhillips' Willow project in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.
a nuclear microreactor

State proposes regulations for nuclear facilities, asks public input

The state is asking for public comments on new rules for siting small nuclear reactors, like one planned for Eielson Air Force Base.

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