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Solar arrays and run-of-river facilities would be built to replace diesel-based electricity. The Biden administration announced the selections on Tuesday.
The Alaska Gasline Development Corp. is proposing a phased approach to supply the Cook Inlet region with natural gas as a prelude to LNG exports to Asia.
The site for the proposed Little Mount Susitna Wind farm northwest of Anchorage receives more wind as temperatures fall, which would reduce natural gas demand at critical times, the developers and a utility say.
Sutton Republican Rep. George Rauscher says he wants to encourage innovation without leaving fossil fuels behind. But one critic is blasting his new bill as a “jumbled mess.”
Renewable Energy Alaska Project wants state regulators to step in and force Chugach Electric Association to hand over detailed data on customers’ energy consumption.
The decision and order issued by the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission came two days after the commission ordered Hilcorp to pay $452,100 for separate violations concerning unauthorized injections into oil pools within the Prudhoe Bay Unit.
Enstar warned that prices could skyrocket from imported gas as discussions turn to incentivizing more production.
Along with paying the penalty, Hilcorp must carry out the corrective actions identified in its internal investigation, the order said.
Legislators are set to hear from Hilcorp and smaller producers Wednesday about how to get more natural gas from Cook Inlet.
Environmentalists and the grassroots group Sovereign Iñupiat for a Living Arctic are seeking to have last March’s approval overturned.
Natural gas utility Enstar said the amount of gas it provided to customers overnight Wednesday beat a record set in the winter of 2017.
The order is one of 12 the governor introduced at the start of the Alaska legislative session.
Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy is asking legislators to spend another $4.5 million on marketing and development of the huge project. But lawmakers sound increasingly skeptical.
Power interruptions could be a problem in the coming years, said Enstar president John Sims, echoing the Regulatory Commission of Alaska.
The report compared four scenarios for power generation, from a continuation of the current heavy reliance on natural gas to varying blends of solar, wind, hydro, tidal and nuclear energy.
A representative for the utilities’ effort says that a free-flowing Eklutna River could damage critical infrastructure, including the buried water pipe that delivers most of Anchorage’s drinking water.
Kenai Peninsula Sen. Jesse Bjorkman, a Republican, says a bill in his committee that sets green power targets for electric utilities is “going nowhere.” But lobbyists are lining up to push it forward.
The leak is estimated involve up to 275 barrels of liquid natural gas condensate. Pipeline operator Harvest Alaska, an affiliate of Hilcorp, is the potential responsible party, the state said.
The tribal and city councils in Nuiqsut withdrew their support for a joint letter they sent last year blasting the “endless expansion of oil development and the complete encirclement of our village.”
The utility says the project would provide clean energy and meet strong demand from its members. But groups that support renewable energy growth are criticizing the plan, saying its proposed cost will dissuade ratepayers from buying in.
With state and federal money, University of Alaska researchers plan to explore the viability of a new coal plant in the Susitna River valley that would inject its carbon emissions underground.
The company had already kicked off initial work on the $8 billion project, but the announcement marks the company’s final go-ahead to bring the development to first oil.
The move is another loss for conservation groups and an Inupiat organization that are seeking to stop the project.