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.

Obama brought attention to threatened Arctic villages, but little funding so far

It’s been more than a year since President Barack Obama visited Alaska and became the first sitting president to travel above the Arctic Circle. The trip was designed to draw attention to climate change in the lead up to last year’s international conference in Paris. And the president went out of his way to highlight Alaska villages threatened by rapid erosion. But as Obama prepares to leave office, most of those villages find themselves no closer to a solution. Listen Now

Senate sends oil tax credit overhaul back to the House

With the end of session looming, Alaska’s Senate passed its version of an oil tax credit reform bill on Monday. Listen now

Interior Dept. gives Ahtna region more say in moose, caribou hunt

In its final days, the Obama administration is forging ahead with a promise to include Alaska Native tribes in the management of fish and wildlife on federal land. Listen Now

A lot of people get this pretty basic question about oil wrong

"I have had to correct school teachers in the past who have been teaching their kids that oil comes from dinosaurs." Listen now

New analysis adds to picture of how belugas are impacted by sea ice loss

Researchers have published a new paper that adds a little more to what we know about how beluga whales are navigating their changing habitat. Listen now

Alaska’s northernmost town still in transition 1 1/2 years after official name change

"Barrow" is everywhere while walking around town: on the fire trucks, in the name of the high school, the local utility company, on the North Slope Borough’s official logo. But the name "Utqiaġvik" is showing up, as well. It's on City Hall and on municipal department letterhead. Listen now

Tillerson gets earful on climate change from Arctic governments

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson got an earful from governments around the Arctic today — on the topic of climate change. Listen now

Report recommends limited changes to oil tax credits

The state paid out more than half a billion dollars in refundable tax credits this past year -- and gave up another half a billion in credits deducted from companies' tax liabilities. Download Audio

In Interior Alaska, reinvestment in coal power runs counter to national trend

Even after decades of talk about getting affordable natural gas to the Interior, Fairbanks as of yet has only a limited supply of natural gas. And unlike many other places in the country, it’s not price-competitive with coal. Listen now

Dozens of Anchorage neighbors come together to buy solar panels in bulk

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8JwkMrjuAM More than 30 residents of the Airport Heights neighborhood in Anchorage are installing solar panels on their roofs this year. It's part of "Solarize...

St. Paul’s fur seal pups at lowest level in 100 years

Northern fur seal pup production on St. Paul Island has hit its lowest level since 1915. Listen now

Donlin gold mine needs to move a mountain. How close is that to happening?

There isn’t much at the proposed mine site right now: just a long airstrip, with clusters of sturdy buildings in the middle of green mountains close to the Middle Kuskokwim River. But if completed, the Donlin gold mine would be one of the biggest in the world. Listen now

Feds: Arctic sea ice levels shrink to 4th lowest level

Federal scientists said summer Arctic sea ice shrank to its fourth lowest level on record this month, dispelling faint hopes of a recovery.

Feds request public input on National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska oil leasing

The federal government is asking the public for input on this year's oil and gas lease sale in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A), an Indiana-sized area of land on the North Slope. Listen now

Timeline extended for state takeover of Alaska LNG project

The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation is still trying to broker a deal to take over the Alaska LNG project, but it will not happen by its self-imposed end-of-the-year deadline. Listen Now

Anchorage advances purchase plan for Conoco gas leases

As state officials ready for a special session, Anchorage is moving one step closer to expanding ownership over nearby gas fields in upper Cook Inlet. Download Audio

Increase in observer fees has people in the fishing industry questioning how their dollars are being spent

Observer fees are going up for Alaska fishermen and processors. In Kodiak, fishermen aren’t too worried about the modest increase, but some would like to see improvements made to the decades-old program.

Polar bear encounter reported in Arctic Village, many miles south of normal range

Polar bear researcher Eric Regehr says that in individual cases like this, it’s very difficult to attribute cause to why a bear wandered so far from its typical area.
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BLM director visits North Slope

The director of the Bureau of Land Management is visiting the North Slope this week. Over the next two days, director Neil Kornze will meet with Native corporations, local government officials, and community leaders in the region. On Tuesday, Kornze was helping cap two legacy wells south of Barrow. The Simpson Core and Iko Bay were both drilled by the U.S. Navy in the 1950s. They’re among 18 legacy wells the BLM plans to clean up this year.

In China, Alaska gets new gasline partners — but no guarantees

The deal links Alaska’s gas pipeline project to three Chinese entities with deep pockets. Listen now