Energy

Two workers in stall solar panels on a roof.

Anchorage residents embracing rooftop solar cite concerns about natural gas shortfall

Homeowners and installers say they want to insulate from the rising costs of electricity.
Akiak

Akiak residents say weeks without power have ruined frozen food stores, drained savings

The outage, which has caused the Kuskokwim River town’s residents severe hardships, appears to be part of a broader issue with its generators.
land

‘We will be made whole’: Land exchange meant to right an Exxon Valdez oversight

Sen. Lisa Murkowski's proposal addresses problems that stem from a massive land buyout after the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.
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Hilcorp announces plan to buy Eni’s oil fields on Alaska’s North Slope

The deal, which must be cleared by state regulators, would expand Hilcorp’s Alaska operations to the offshore Oooguruk and Nikaitchuq oil fields.
a power plant

Demolition of Fort Greely’s old nuclear plant to begin this year

More than 50 years after the plant was decommissioned, the building that housed the reactor is scheduled for demolition.

4 men have died in Alaska’s North Slope oil fields in just over a year

Before the recent string of workplace fatalities, there had not been a death in the area since 2018.

Federally funded heat pumps are coming to Prince of Wales Island

Spruce Root partnered with Alaska Power & Telephone to secure the $2.5 million award, which will also support a technician training program.
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An Alaska energy blogger breaks down the looming, much-nuanced Cook Inlet gas shortfall

Erin McKittrick looked at a few different possible timelines related to the gas shortfall that utilities and producers say is coming.
Mount Redoubt

Royalty-free terms draw only 3 oil and gas lease bids in Alaska’s Cook Inlet

DNR Commissioner John Boyle is "disappointed" by the results but defends royalty reductions to encourage more inlet drilling.
A young woman in a blue puffy jacket and navy beanie poses inside of a glacial ice cave.

8 young Alaskans reignite a court fight over climate change and fossil fuel development

Sagoonick v. State II seeks to block a controversial natural gas project and asks the court to recognize Alaskans’ right to a livable climate.
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Oil industry employee dies in workplace incident at Prudhoe Bay

The death is the fourth reported workplace fatality on Alaska’s North Slope in a little over a year.
pipeline

Deal to buy North Slope gas boosts Alaska Gasline prospects, but hurdles remain

The Alaska Gasline Development Corp. announced Tuesday it’s signed a deal with a London-based oil and gas firm to supply enough gas to meet demand in Southcentral, and then some. But the project still faces a number of hurdles.
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In Northwest Alaska, an economic engine runs low on ore

Red Dog mine has sustained hundreds of jobs and generated billions of dollars for Alaska Natives. It's set to close in 2031 unless its operator gets environmental permits and decides to expand.
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Pipeline proposed to power Donlin mine could have impacts from Y-K Delta to Cook Inlet

If it’s built, Donlin would be one of the largest open-pit gold mines in the world, powered by a gas pipeline stretching to Cook Inlet.
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State prosecutors sue Ketchikan jeweler over sale of fake gold

The state is seeking to bar Soni, Inc. from selling fraudulent or misrepresented items, after staff allegedly made false claims about them.
a tidal generator

A Juneau inventor wants to bring ocean energy to your outlets

Tidal power could be an alternative to burning fossil fuels like diesel and natural gas, which is driving human-caused climate change.

Alaska’s new ‘green bank’ hopes to improve the financial case for renewable energy

Alaskans looking to invest in solar panels or other renewable energy infrastructure will likely have some new options in the next few years.
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8 young Alaskans sue to block proposed trans-Alaska natural gas pipeline

The plaintiffs say the pipeline will contribute to climate change that harms their ability to access fish, wildlife and natural resources.
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Shell abandons North Slope oil leases, raising questions about the industry’s future in Alaska

As the world pivots toward lower-carbon energy sources, experts say some of the state’s hard-to-tap oil prospects are becoming less attractive.

With a Railbelt natural gas crunch looming, the legislative session had a special focus on energy bills

State lawmakers passed several energy bills this session aimed at updating the Railbelt’s electrical grid and speeding up the transition to renewable energy.
Mike Dunleavy

Dunleavy examining energy bills passed by Alaska Legislature

Gov. Mike Dunleavy was optimistic about a bill on carbon storage, but was pondering next steps on royalty relief bills that didn't pass.

Bills aimed at reducing energy costs, boosting Cook Inlet gas and carbon storage advance in Legislature’s final days

The bills were initially proposed by Gov. Mike Dunleavy and now contain several other proposals. They're up for final votes soon.

Key senators skeptical royalty relief proposals would boost Cook Inlet gas output

It’s one of several ideas lawmakers are mulling to ease a projected gas shortfall in the basin that’s powered much of the state for decades.
solar panels

A bill to support community solar projects in Alaska appears close to becoming law

Community solar projects are small-scale solar farms that local ratepayers can buy into, in exchange for lower electricity bills.
Japanese energy officials

Could Alaska be the final destination for Japan’s carbon pollution?

A new federal study reflects growing interest in injecting and storing climate-warming carbon pollution in underground reservoirs in Alaska.

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