Alaska's Energy Desk

Alaska’s Energy Desk is a collaboration between KTOO-FM in Juneau, Alaska Public Media in Anchorage, KUCB in Unalaska, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Fairbanks, KBRW in Utqiaġvik and KYUK in Bethel. Each week we produce in-depth coverage of energy issues in Alaska for radio, video and web. From the state budget to personal energy use, resource development to Arctic life, we cover how energy issues impact Alaskan lives and landscapes. Alaska’s Energy Desk is a Regional Journalism Collaboration, launched in 2016 with a supporting grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Trump administration will eliminate roadless protections for Alaska’s Tongass forest

President Donald Trump’s administration announced Wednesday that it is finalizing its plans to reverse roadless protections for more than 9 million acres of the Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska, or a little less than 15,000 square miles.
A pile of sawdust in a muddy parking lot

In a quest for cheaper energy, Kake turns to biomass heating

After looking through available renewable energy sources like solar and wind, the village of Kake turned to a resource that is readily available on the Southeast panhandle: wood.
Quonset huts in the middle of a sprucy wetlands

In the wake of Pebble Tapes, scrutiny for state involvement in wetlands mitigation plan

Pebble says it will meet the deadline for a plan to offset damages to wetlands in the Koktuli River watershed, but the "Pebble Tapes" have triggered additional scrutiny about the state’s apparent assistance with the plan.

With new letter, Alaska GOP Gov. Dunleavy stands alone in Pebble’s defense

Mike Dunleavy says he has a responsibility to pursue projects like Pebble -- if they can be safely built -- to help improve the plight of rural Alaska residents.
Sea urchins on a rock

Without otter predation, sea urchins are decimating Aleutian reefs

Orcas have started targeting sea otters, which normally keep urchin populations in check.
A white woman in a blue best poses next to a light blue boat with teh name "Axel"

In a down market, Alaska fishermen avert disaster by feeding families in need

A seafood donation program started by a Sitka organization is helping bring some stability to fishermen and consumers during an uncertain time.

Trump administration reportedly overruled CDC’s recommendation to extend no-sail cruise ship order

The Centers for Disease Control pushed to extend an order barring large cruise ships from sailing from U.S. ports until February 2021 over coronavirus concerns.
screen shot of the cover slide for the tapes with an image of water and land from the air

In secret recordings, Pebble Mine execs say Donlin mine is too expensive to build

On September 21, an environmental group leaked footage of top mining executives discussing the proposed Donlin Gold mine. ( Environmental Investigation Agency)

Alaska’s pro-oil Republican governor is quietly pushing green energy projects too

Even as climate change threatens to impose steep costs in Alaska, Dunleavy is still promoting the state's oil industry. But he says he's excited by the plummeting cost of renewable power sources, and their potential to bring down electricity prices and recruit more business to the state.
A glacier seen from the air with large bowed striations coing out iniot ht ebay

Could the melting Malaspina Glacier create a new bay on Alaska’s southern coast?

What’s happening at the Malaspina Glacier may be the largest landscape transformation underway in the United States, according to researchers.
A small harbor with 30-foot fishing boats on a sunny day with large spruce trees nearby.

Seafood Trade Relief Program offers help to fishermen hurt by U.S.-China trade war

USDA will provide cash to Alaska fishermen based on last year's catch: 16 cents a pound for salmon, 4 cents a pound for herring and a whopping 76 cents per pound for geoduck clams.
Caribou graze on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, with snowcapped peaks of the Brooks Range as a backdrop. (USFWS)

LISTEN: A flurry of lawsuits aim to stop drilling plans in Alaska’s Arctic. So what’s next?

Alaska Public Media's Tegan Hanlon and Casey Grove break down the avalanche of recent lawsuits that aim to derail drilling plans for Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve.

Pink salmon could prosper in warmer Arctic, new study finds

The findings bolster reports by Alaska subsistence fishermen that the species’ numbers have been increasing as the Arctic warms at more than double the rate of the rest of the globe.
The Disney Wonder cruise ship docks near the ship loader at Skagway’s ore terminal. (Photo by Henry Leasia, KHNS - Haines)

Yukon mining industry sees opportunity in Port of Skagway

The industry wants to ensure that it has port access when ownership of the port returns to the city of Skagway from the White Pass and Yukon Railroad
A silver sign that reads "The Pebble Partnership"

No block: Pebble Mine says it’s still on track with federal permits

The Corps of Engineers has issued a letter outlining what the Pebble Mine has to do to mitigate stream damage. It does not block the mine, as mine opponents wanted.
A 32=foot gilnetter sails in blue waters next to green spruce-covered mountains.

Tribal members shouldn’t need state permits to fish in Metlakatla’s traditional waters, lawsuit argues

Attorneys for Metlakatla point to a Supreme Court case from 1918 that says the reservation included deep waters around the islands.

Alaska produced more July oil than it has since 2013

The Alaska North Slope region produced more oil in July than it had since 2013.
The community of Ambler along the Kobuk river as seen from the air

Environmental groups sue Trump administration over approval of Ambler Road

Nine environmental groups are suing the Trump administration for approving the 211-mile Ambler Road project.