Rachel Waldholz, APRN - Anchorage

Rachel Waldholz, APRN - Anchorage
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Rachel Waldholz is the Energy Reporter for Alaska Public Media. Before joining APM, she spent two years reporting for KCAW in Sitka, where she covered everything from city government to fish politics. She studied documentary production at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, and her short film, A Confused War won several awards. Originally from New Jersey, Rachel got her start reporting for a community newspaper in the Bronx. Her work has appeared on NPR, Al Jazeera, Current TV, Grist.org and in High Country News, among other outlets. rwaldholz (at) alaskapublic (dot) org | 907.550.8432 | About Rachel

Since 2008, Alaska's Renewable Energy Fund has supported scores of projects around the state. But so far, it has not been included in this year's budget. Download Audio

As the Alaska House continues its marathon debate on the oil and gas tax credit bill, the Senate is moving its own version forward, hoping to beat the clock with just four days left. Download Audio

For the second time in two days, House lawmakers have postponed a final vote on Gov. Bill Walker's controversial oil tax bill, a cornerstone of the governor's efforts to close the state's $4 billion budget deficit. Download Audio

The North Slope oil producer announced Friday it will lay off 25 percent of its 80-person work force and suspend drilling at the Oooguruk oil field, potentially affecting hundreds more contractor jobs.

With just over a week left in the legislative session, lawmakers are wrangling over the always-contentious issue of oil taxes. Gov. Bill Walker had requested a complete overhaul of the state's oil and gas tax credit program. The House Resources scaled back that proposal. Now, a third committee has weighed in. The House Finance committee chose a middle route -- while also introducing some changes that weren't even in the governor's bill. Download Audio

The tentative proposal would allow lease sales in the Arctic Ocean and Cook Inlet.

Many lawmakers say they never understood how the tax system would work at very low prices. But industry says this was always part of the deal. Download Audio

The state's refundable credit program is unusual - and huge. In recent years, refundable credits have become the third-largest line item in the general fund budget. Download Audio

Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., which runs the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, is splitting with its longtime provider of oil spill prevention and response services in Prince William Sound. Download Audio

After announcing unspecified changes to the Alaska LNG natural gas project in February, Gov. Bill Walker had hoped to release more details in March. Download Audio
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The Obama Administration released its draft plan for offshore oil and gas drilling over the next five years. It includes three lease sales in Alaska: two in the Arctic - in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas - and one in Cook Inlet.

Lawmakers facing a mammoth budget deficit are weighing cuts to the PFD. Experts say that will have ripple effects throughout the economy. Meanwhile, as Alaska considers scaling back the dividend, the rest of the world is warming to the idea. Download Audio

BP has announced it will cut the number of drill rigs operating at Prudhoe Bay, from five to two, as a result of low oil prices.

The company is one of the largest leaseholders in Cook Inlet, where it has been exploring since 2010. A spokesperson said the company expects job losses to be "minimal," since Apache has been scaling back operations in Alaska for the past year. Download Audio

Amid record turnout, Ted Cruz squeaked out a win over Donald Trump in Alaska. Party members said voters responded to both candidates' anti-establishment messages. Download Audio

Republicans are holding their Presidential Preference Poll on Tuesday. Alaska will send 28 delegates to the Republican Convention -- the same number as Oregon, despite Alaska's small population. Download Audio

When it comes to energy innovation in rural Alaska, technology is only half the story. The real necessity is people power. Download audio

The four villages of the Chaninik Wind Group are aiming to replace 50 percent of their diesel use with wind in the next few years. Along the way, they're pushing the limits of what's possible when it comes to integrating renewable energy into a grid. Download Audio

When Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski chose Bethel for a field hearing of the Senate Energy Committee – which she chairs – she had a very specific point to make. Download Audio

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will join a host of state and federal officials in Bethel on Monday to talk rural energy needs. Download Audio