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Officials with Flint Hills Resources Alaska announced today that they will halt processing crude oil at the company’s North Pole refinery over the next few months and shut down the facility. As KUAC’s Tim Ellis reports, company officials decided to shut down the refinery because of rising costs to run it and shrinking profit margins – and ongoing costs of cleaning up groundwater tainted by an industrial solvent that leaked from the refinery for years.

Energy "AP"

Sep 13, 2013
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The University of Alaska Fairbanks wants to develop a mobile “AP” around energy efficiency research at its Sustainable Village student housing project.  As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the university will use a 40 thousand dollar donation from Verizon to run a contest for ideas and develop the AP. 

Fairbanks, AK - During an address at Georgetown University Tuesday, President Barack Obama called on the Environmental Protection Agency to draw up new rules for emission restrictions on existing coal fired power plants across the country.  But the President did not outline what he expects the new rules to look like.

AHFC Study Estimates $125 Million in Energy Savings

Dec 7, 2012

Fairbanks, AK - There are an estimated 5000 publically owned buildings in the state of Alaska.  Over the last three years, the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation collected preliminary data on 1200 of them.  300 of those buildings also received energy audits.  Results released this fall show that energy-related improvements to Alaska’s public buildings could save the public more than 125 million dollars annually. 

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Nearly 20 candidates seeking election to the state Legislature and a seat in Congress came together Tuesday evening at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks for a series of question-and-answer sessions dealing mainly with energy – and especially, what can be done about high fuel costs and the dwindling flow of oil through the TransAlaska Pipeline.

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The city of Tanana is looking forward to lower fuel bills. The city is adding new biomass systems, enabling it to swap more high priced oil for locally available wood. KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.

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The state Division of Forestry will soon begin asking for public input on a proposal to harvest timber from the state forest around the Delta-Greely area for a biomass-fueled heat and power system for Fort Greely.

Fairbanks, AK - The Governor is supposed to announce the amount of this year’s PFD on Tuesday .  The annual check could have included energy relief for Alaskans, but the idea died before it ever made it to Parnell’s desk last spring.  Two Interior democrats say the Governor could still call a special session later this fall to address the region’s energy crisis.