Energy

More Alaskans are turning to ground-source heat pumps to warm homes and businesses. Now the Cold Climate Housing Research Center wants to evaluate the long-term durability and efficiency of the systems.

Suzanna Caldwell
Addressing concerns over his gas line proposal, Gov. Bill Walker says a project serving as a backup to AKLNG is needed in part to ensure the state isn't locked into a bad long-term deal with the oil industry. Alex DeMarban
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker says his attempt to upsize the backup gas line project could be one of Alaska's smartest financial moves, but an expert on Alaska pipeline politics questioned how a state-led project could be funded.  Alex DeMarban
As the clock winds down on the 2015 Legislature, the House Finance Committee reversed course on a natural gas project for Fairbanks, reworking amendments by Anchorage Rep. Mike Hawker that drew heavy fire from Fairbanks officials and the Walker administration.Dermot Cole
The Obama administration unveiled a new rule Monday designed to help prevent a repeat of the deadly 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and to bolster the president's claim that it's safe to start drilling in the Atlantic Ocean.Sean Cockerham | Tribune Media Services
Oil production tax revenue, Alaska’s longtime sugar daddy, has collapsed with the price of oil to a low rarely seen in state history. But several factors are contributing to the state's revenue problem this year.Alex DeMarban
A Spanish oil company is taking early steps to develop what some believe could be a significant oil field on Alaska’s North Slope -- including recently telling state officials about some of the plans.   Alex DeMarban
The determination by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management means the agency has 30 days before it must render a verdict on the plan, either approving or rejecting it, or requiring Shell to make changes.Yereth Rosen
In tough financial times, Rep. Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, has a tough argument to make. He wants Alaska to create a new tax credit for fertilizer production, and use millions from the state to help convince Agrium to reopen its mothballed plant in his hometown.Pat Forgey
There’s an Arctic Alaska footnote to Shell’s $69.7 billion acquisition of the BG Group: Leases covering a large amount of territory on the North Slope go along with the deal.Yereth Rosen