Five villages will get help from the federal government for projects that range from optimizing existing wind turbines to crafting an entirely new energy plan.

Erica Martinson
For the first time since 1999, utility crews fired up the boiler on a $300 million Healy power plant Thursday, a key step in the process to have the plant at full operation by the end of July. Alaska Dispatch News
The top official at the federal Energy Information Administration on Thursday said he's concerned about the viability of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline if production drops too low, suggesting that oil prices rise may not rise above $100 a barrel until 2030 or later. Alex DeMarban
One of the largest natural gas projects in the world cleared another hurdle Thursday, with the Department of Energy approving a conditional license that would allow the Alaska LNG project to one day export liquefied natural gas to Asia.Alex DeMarban,Erica Martinson
A ConocoPhillips project expected to produce oil late this year cleared a legal challenge after the U.S. District Court in Alaska approved a key permit. Alex DeMarban
In a brief summer drilling season off Alaska's Arctic shore, Shell Oil Co.'s Ann Pickard is on the hunt for a giant oil field, and she thinks she knows where to find it.Hal Bernton and Coral Garnick
Known for having an adversarial relationship with the oil industry as a private attorney, Bill Walker made his first trip as governor to the state’s North Slope oil fields this week, taking a three-day tour of the widespread facilities and at times discussing prickly issues with oil officials.Alex DeMarban
Oil flowing through the trans-Alaska pipeline dropped by nearly 200,000 barrels a day in early May due to a combination of a slowdown in tanker traffic out of Valdez and limited storage at the terminal there, Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. said. Dermot Cole
For the first time in its 74-year history, Matanuska Electric Association is on its own. The Palmer-based electric cooperative became “self-generating” at midnight May 1, when the new $324 million Eklutna Generation Station started cranking out power.Zaz Hollander
The Federal Highway Administration will make $2 million in emergency funds available as the flood-battered Dalton Highway's unprecedented closure continues. Alex DeMarban