Energy

Russian President Vladimir Putin appointed Oleg Kozhemyako as the acting governor of the petroleum-rich Sakhalin island region in Russia’s Far East after dismissing Alexander Khoroshavin, who was arrested earlier this month and accused of taking $5.6 million suspicion of bribery.Alaska Dispatch News
Shell’s Arctic oil spill response system -- damaged during a deployment test in 2012 -- is undergoing drills in waters near Bellingham, Washington, with federal officials observing the exercises.Jennifer A. Dlouhy | Hearst Newspapers
Oil prices rose sharply Thursday amid concerns that fighting in the Arabian Peninsula between a Saudi-led coalition and Houthi rebels in Yemen could disrupt supplies. Stanley Reed
The U.S. should immediately begin a push to exploit its enormous trove of oil in the Arctic waters off Alaska or risk a renewed reliance on imported oil, an Energy Department advisory council says in a study released Friday. Jonathan Fahey | Associated Press
The Obama administration is set to announce within days whether it will reaffirm a seven-year-old government auction of oil leases in the Chukchi Sea — a decision critical to Shell's plans to resume drilling in those Arctic waters this summer. Jennifer A. Dlouhy | Hearst Newspapers
New appointees to the board of the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. expressed support Monday for a major liquefied natural gas project the state is pursuing. Becky Bohrer | Associated Press
The Alaska House has passed legislation that would limit participation of a state-sponsored corporation in an alternate gas pipeline project proposed by Gov. Bill Walker.Associated Press
Republican legislators have proposed a new, broad-based fuel tax to prop up the state’s oil spill program, which is in the red after years of falling revenues from a surcharge on North Slope oil. Nathaniel Herz
Improved navigational mapping in Arctic waters off Alaska has been a key NOAA goal in recent years. Most of the past charting of Arctic waters was done with 19th-century technology.Yereth Rosen
Sporadic power problems at the University of Alaska Fairbanks this winter highlight the urgent need for a new power plant, UA President Pat Gamble told legislators Tuesday.Dermot Cole