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Tim Ellis/KUAC

About 60 people showed up Thursday night to tell the Interior Gas Utility’s board of directors what they think about the IGU’s proposed $331 million deal to launch and operate a public natural-gas utility. Those who spoke expressed a range of opinions that gave board members a lot to think about as they prepare for a critical vote on the deal Tuesday.


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The Army Corps of Engineers held a meeting Thursday in Fairbanks to hear input on a new plan for the proposed Alaska Standalone Pipeline. It was the third of 10 such meetings the agency is conducting in communities along the route of the 733-mile-long pipeline the state wants to build to bring natural gas from the North Slope to the Interior and Southcentral Alaska.


Fairbanks, North Pole Advance in Energy Prize Contest

Jan 15, 2015

Fairbanks, AK - Fairbanks and North Pole are among 50 communities competing for a $5 million dollar prize as part of a national energy competition hosted by Georgetown University.  Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Luke Hopkins says the communities have been working on an eighteen-page application since 2013.  It outlines a plan to reduce energy consumption by at least a required 12 percent. “We are now able to start the competition and so from here on out, this is where we will be showing our data that we submit to Georgetown," Hopkins explained.

U.S. Department of Energy

The lights are back on in Fort Yukon, including the Christmas trees, now that three of the village’s four electrical generators are functioning again.
A couple of weeks ago, the holidays didn’t look so happy for the remote Yukon River community, when all but one of its generators broke down. But the community got through by cutting back and helping each other out.
And it all happened just as the utility was planning to build a new powerplant that will reduce their dependence on diesel-fueled generators.


KDLG

As energy prices continue to rise, Alaskan engineers and builders are pushing the envelope in the quest to build ever-more energy-efficient housing. Some of those innovations are making their way into residential construction, as builders look to meet homebuyers' demand.


Alaska Center for Energy and Power

The Ninth Rural Energy Conference gets under way Tuesday here in Fairbanks. The three-day gathering of experts and advocates will examine how Alaska’s rural residents get electricity, and how they might get it in the future more efficiently – and less expensively.


U.S. Department of Agriculture

A Native village corporation near Tok and the utility that serves that area have partnered up on a venture to build a small hydroelectric project that could reduce the area’s high energy costs. Alaska Power and Telephone officials say the partnership will now seek state and private funding and for the $19 million project.


ktoo.org

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Byron Mallott pitched a plan to help Alaskans cope with rising energy costs during a campaign swing through Fairbanks over the weekend. Mallott says he wanted to talk his plan here in the Interior, where home heating costs are highest – especially for rural and Bush communities.