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Anne Hillman, APRN - Anchorage

ahillman (at) alaskapublic (dot) org  |  About Anne

Tok Biomass Boiler Heats School, Funds Music Teacher

Tok Biomass Boiler Heats School, Funds Music Teacher

In late 2010 the Tok School fired up its new biomass boiler to heat the school.  By 2013 it was providing electricity as well and saving the school district about $350,000 per year. Now, those same scrubby trees will help grow fresh vegetables for the district’s students.
February 11, 2014 - 4:40 pm

Biofuel Could Help Lessen Rural Energy Costs

The community of Tok hosts a thick, growing forest of spruce trees, and a thinning, shrinking population of people and businesses. Like elsewhere in rural Alaska, high-energy costs and a lack of jobs are causing people to leave. But the trees may be the solution to bringing people back.

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January 28, 2014 - 5:23 pm

Despite Pipeline Progress, State Proceeds with Two Lines

Wednesday the State released details about the new deal that will replace the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act. It makes the state a partner in the development of a natural gas export line from the North Slope. But the government is also still moving ahead with their back-up plan, the Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline.

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January 16, 2014 - 5:17 pm

Parnell Announces New Pipeline Plan, Changes AGIA Agreement

Governor Sean Parnell announced Friday the state is taking a new approach to a large-scale natural gas line in Alaska, and is terminating the agreement signed with TransCanada under AGIA.

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January 10, 2014 - 5:21 pm

Cook Inlet Production Up, But Energy Concerns Not Over

According to the state’s Department of Revenue, Cook Inlet production increased by 13 percent last year. Up-and-coming companies, like Hilcorp, spent $300 million this year on their investments, including drilling 10 new wells and working over more than 70 old ones. So does the Cook Inlet Renaissance mean that Southcentral’s energy woes are over?

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December 19, 2013 - 4:55 pm

Revisions Required For Shell’s 2014 Chukchi Exploration Plan

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is seeking more information from Shell about their 2014 Chukchi Exploration Plan. Until Shell provides the agency with the answers for dozens of requested revisions, BOEM will not consider their application complete.

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December 12, 2013 - 5:40 pm
BOEM Reviews Lease Sale Comments

BOEM Reviews Lease Sale Comments

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management received comments this week on the proposed 2016 lease sale for the Chukchi Sea. Unlike lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico, new Arctic lease sales are targeted – certain areas may not be up for auction.

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December 5, 2013 - 5:21 pm

Alaska Searching For Methane Hydrate Research Partners

The state of Alaska is looking for partners to research a new source of natural gas called methane hydrates. It could bring in new revenue for the state far down the road, but some environmentalists worry the risk of releasing that much methane is too great.

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December 2, 2013 - 4:57 pm

Ahtna Plans LNG Wells Near Glennallen

Ahtna Incorporated is planning to develop natural gas wells near Glennallen in order to supply local communities. They recently licensed 44,000 acres of state land about 15 miles west of Glenallen. They would be the first organization to go beyond exploration all the way to production.

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November 26, 2013 - 4:06 pm
Alaska SeaLife Center Using Resurrection Bay For Heat

Alaska SeaLife Center Using Resurrection Bay For Heat

As energy bills are rising for most people across the state, the Alaska SeaLife Center’s are actually dropping. That’s because they’re using the cold waters of Resurrection Bay to heat their building.

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November 22, 2013 - 3:51 pm

ConocoPhillips Adding New Drill Rig To Kuparak Oil Field

ConocoPhillips announced Wednesday that they are adding another new drill rig to the Kuparak oil field on the North Slope. This is the second rig they’ve added this year since the new oil tax bill was signed into law. The drill rig they installed in May is producing 1,600 barrels of oil per day.

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November 20, 2013 - 4:46 pm

Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Revises Hydro Fracking Regs

The Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has revised their proposed hydraulic fracking regulations again. Some of the new rules aimed to give the public more information about the chemicals used in the controversial oil and gas extraction method. However in the latest version, companies are allowed to withhold some information from the public in order to protect their trade secrets.

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November 20, 2013 - 4:43 pm

Large Projects Aim To Reduce Railbelt Energy Costs

The state is currently putting money toward five different large-scale projects aimed at reducing energy costs on the Railbelt. Some, like subsidizing Cook Inlet gas production, impact energy costs now and in the near term. Other projects, like the proposed LNG pipeline wouldn’t affect prices for at least a decade. The question is—should the state be supporting all of the projects?

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November 14, 2013 - 5:15 pm
How Long Will The Trans-Alaska Pipeline Be Viable?

How Long Will The Trans-Alaska Pipeline Be Viable?

The Trans-Alaska Pipeline System is the 800-mile long backbone of the state’s energy infrastructure. It’s built to transport up to 2 million barrels of oil per day, but these days it carries only about a quarter of that.

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November 2, 2013 - 12:00 pm
Artist's rendering of the proposed Susitna-Watana Dam. Courtesy AEA.

Residents Concerned About How Susitna-Watana Dam May Affect Lifestyle, Habitat

As Alaska’s natural gas prices continue to rise, the Alaska Energy Authority is working on a large-scale project aimed at steadying Railbelt energy costs and moving away from a reliance on fossil fuels. But critics say the potential environmental impacts of the proposed Susitna-Watana Dam could cost the lifestyles and livelihoods of Alaskans who rely on the river.

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October 31, 2013 - 10:00 am
Point Thomson development moving ahead

Point Thomson development moving ahead

Soon after Alaska became a state, nearly 50 years ago, Exxon Mobil began buying leases at Pt. Thomson on the eastern side of the North Slope. Now, after a seven year legal battle with the state, they are starting to develop the area.

October 21, 2013 - 3:47 pm
Great Bear says Alaska’s Shale has Great Potential

Great Bear says Alaska’s Shale has Great Potential

The CEO of Great Bear Petroleum says their new 3-D seismic data confirms a promising new oil resource in the shale rocks just south of Prudhoe Bay. Ed Duncan said they received the data late last month and are still examining it, but “every source rock that we predicted to be present, is present.”

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October 7, 2013 - 5:15 pm

Oil, Gas Exploration May Increase In Chukchi Sea

More areas of the Chukchi Sea may open up for oil and gas exploration in 2016, but the decision has not been made yet. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is calling for comments on a proposed lease sale in the area. But this time they are doing things differently.

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September 27, 2013 - 4:36 pm

State Reviews Fracking Regulations

The Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is reviewing a set of regulations aimed at alleviating public concerns about hydraulic fracturing – or fracking – in the state.

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September 23, 2013 - 6:06 pm

State To Review Old Statutes Delaying Renewable Energy Projects

It may become easier for independent energy producers to provide power to the grid. The Regulatory Commission of Alaska has agreed to review out-of-date statutes that some say are holding up renewable energy projects.

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September 11, 2013 - 5:27 pm