Happy Holidays Alaska! As is tradition on Friday, here are some articles making headlines across the state. Just a reminder, Alaska Conservation Alliance and Alaska Conservation Voters offices will be closed from Dec 24th through Jan 2nd as we enjoy the holidays. Happy Holidays and we will see you all in the new year!
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Happy Friday Alaska! Here are some conservation related articles making headlines across the state. Today seems like the perfect day to curl up with a hot beverage and catch up on some reading! Have a great weekend:
Solar energy in Southeast: Is it real or a joke? – I really enjoyed reading this story about a family who lives off grid with a family of four.
Happy Friday Alaska! We hope you are able to get out an enjoy the sun this weekend but until then, here are some conservation related articles making headlines across the state:
Happy Friday Alaska! Monday is Memorial Day making this a long weekend. Hopefully you can get out and enjoy the outdoors! Here are some articles making headlines around this state this week:
EPA plans public meetings on Bristol Bay prospect
Happy Friday Alaska! It is a beautiful day here in Anchorage…the perfect day for Bike to Work Day! Here are some articles making headlines across the state:
Happy Friday Alaskans! Here are some conservation related articles making headlines around the state this week:
Neighbors are people, not corporations- opinion letter
Halibut Bycatch- An Outdoor View
Happy Friday Alaska! We hope you are enjoying the sunshine and that you get out and enjoy it this weekend! Take a look at some headlines making news across the state!
Happy Friday Alaska! I hope your weather is better than the snowy wet mess in Anchorage this morning. On the bright side, it’s the perfect weather to curl up with a cup of coffee and catch on conservation news from around the state!
Happy Friday Alaska! Hopefully you are enjoying the sunshine and warmer weather! Here are some conservation related articles that you won’t want to miss from this week:
Talk of energy in Alaska has been pretty quiet the last few weeks with the focus mainly on oil taxes. We won’t talk about that here because the local news outlets have done a great job of covering the debate. If you want to read more about it, here are a few articles to check out:
Last week, the House Finance committee heard a bill that would extend the Renewable Energy Grant Fund administered by the Alaska Energy Authority (AEA). The fund (one that we’ve strongly supported over the years) provides grants for small scale renewable energy projects and is widely considered a success. The new bill, House Bill 250, would extend the program until 2023 and allocate $50 million annually. “By 2013 the program will be displacing 3.5 million gallons (of fuel) annually with total savings for the program of around $6 million” said Alternative Energy and Energy Efficiency Deputy Director Peter Crimp.
Governor Parnell and legislators from Interior Alaska met last week to find common ground on energy solutions for Fairbanks. Participants created a list of short-, medium-, and long-term projects and discussed a variety of topics including home energy rebates, natural gas, renewable energy and heating fuel energy relief. The general consensus, from Gov. Parnell’s recent press conference, is to pursue a natural gas solution for the area.
A recent study, released by Commonwealth North, found that nearly 80% of rural communities in Alaska depend on diesel fuel and that some of these communities spend up to 47% of their income on energy. The report recommends investments to energy efficiencies, hybrid systems to incorporate renewable energies, and transmission grids as a way to reduce costs to both the State and individual Alaskans. The report also calls for ‘a statewide entity to coordinate energy generation and transmission’.
Lastly, congratulations to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District for being recognized as an Energy Star Leader by the Environmental Protection Agency! As an Energy Star Leader they improved building efficiency for all of their buildings by at least 10 percent or consistently had their buildings rank in the top 25 percent for efficient energy use. The Mat-Su School District was among 10 school districts in the Pacific Northwest, and the only one in Alaska, to be named.
Some items to put on your calendar:
March 10th and 11th- Juneau- Free Hands-On Workshop: Energy Efficient Improvements. For more info: http://www.achpalaska.com
March 14th- REAP Forum: Biomass in Alaska. For more info: www.alaskarenewableenergy.org
April 19-20th- 2012 Business of Clean Energy in Alaska Conference. For more info: http://www.BCEAconference.com