Rachel Waldholz, Alaska Public Media

Rachel Waldholz, Alaska Public Media
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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

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

Despite oil prices hovering around $30 a barrel, ConocoPhillips is plowing ahead with projects in the National Petroleum Reserve Alaska. The company invited Alaska journalists on a tour this week of CD5, its newest drill site -- the first to produce oil from the NPRA and, the company hopes, the gateway to more development. Download Audio

Each winter, when the tundra freezes, the North Slope gets busy. It's the travel season, the time of year when oil producers can put in ice roads and move heavy vehicles over the frozen ground. But before any of that can happen, one task comes first: looking for polar bears. Download Audio

The company will cut 3,000 positions from its worldwide marketing and refining operations. That comes on top of the 4,000 layoffs BP announced last month in its global production and exploration units.

As natural gas prices following oil in an extended plunge, lawmakers heard a series of updates on the Alaska LNG project -- and tension between the Walker administration and the state's three oil company partners once again spilled into the open. Download Audio

Utilities from Homer to Fairbanks are in discussions to overhaul the way electricity is generated and transported across the region. The goal is cheaper electricity -- and more renewable power. Download Audio