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.

Anchorage, AK - An effort to decrease reliance on diesel fuel in Alaska’s remote villages by up to 75 percent is in the early stages of development at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory based in Colorado. During a speech at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention last week, Deputy Secretary of the Interior Mike Connor announced an additional 400-thousand dollars in funding.  

Fairbanks, AK - Two candidates running for Alaska Governor debated during a forum Tuesday in Fairbanks.  Both Bill Walker and Governor Sean Parnell touched on Fairbanks specific topics.  Mainly, Sean Parnell defended his administration when Bill Walker questioned what the current governor is doing about the high cost of energy in the Interior. "I am totally focused on reducing energy costs and fuel costs here in the Interior and across the state," Parnell said.

Fairbanks, AK - Alaska Gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker says the cost of energy is his top priority.  During a candidate forum Tuesday, Walker announced his plans to address energy immediately if he is elected Governor in November.  “Governor Parnell has had six years to bring down the cost of energy we need an immediate plan a mid-term plan and along term plan," Walker told the crowd. "The first thing I’ll do as governor I will issue a declaration of disaster on the cost of energy in in Interior and rural Alaska.”

Assembly Approves Legislative Wish List

Oct 10, 2014

Fairbanks, AK - The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly unanimously passed a resolution Thursday that outline Legislative priorities for the borough. Janice Golub is a member of the Assembly’s capitol projects committee that drafted the wish list. “A lot of them are maintenance projects, upgrades to facilities and that sort of thing," Golub siad.  "We really as a committee didn’t prioritize them or put them in any special order.”

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.

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.

UAF Street Lights Being Converted To LED

Jun 16, 2014

Street lights at the University of Alaska Fairbanks will be converted to LED this summer. The project, estimated to cost between $1 and $2.5 million, is currently out for bid. Fairbanks Metropolitan Area Transportation System coordinator Donna Gardino lists it as the latest of three projects targeting lights in the cities of North Pole and Fairbanks. 

Gas Questions-Answers

Feb 14, 2014
Alaska Energy Authority

Legislators got an update on the partially state financed North Slope to Fairbanks natural gas trucking project this week. The state is working with private company MWH to build a 185 million dollar gas processing plant on the North Slope to feed tanker trucks that will move LNG to Fairbanks. The goal of the Interior Energy Project is to deliver first gas by late 2015, at a consumer cost equivalent of about half the price of fuel oil, but as KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, many questions remain about how the project will play out.