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.

Ask a Climatologist: Alaska’s “relentless” streak of warm temperatures

According to an announcement this week from the World Meteorological Organization, 2016 is on track to be the warmest year ever. If current trends continue, it would be the third straight year of record-breaking heat. Listen Now 
Shell's Noble Discoverer drill rig leaving Unalaska Monday afternoon. (Photo by John Ryan, KUCB - Unalaska)

Obama’s last chance to weigh in on Arctic drilling has industry worried, enviros hopeful

In the aftermath of Donald Trump’s upset election victory, President Barack Obama still has two months left in office to close out policy decisions and try to cement any final pieces of his legacy. One open question is offshore oil and gas leasing. Listen Now

Video: Artifacts unearthed during TAPS construction remain relevant

Underneath the Museum of the North in Fairbanks are rows upon rows of artifacts from across the state. One group of items, unearthed during the construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System, still have a role to play in Alaska’s modern development process. Listen Now

Longtime private-sector engineer to head state’s oil and gas division

A private sector petroleum engineer and consultant will lead the state’s oil and gas division. Listen Now

About 120 to leave gas line team as state takes charge of project

At a meeting of the state Gasline Development Corporation board today, corporation Vice President Frank Richards said staff are winding up the project’s first phase, which includes early design and engineering work — called preliminary front-end engineering and design, or pre-FEED. Listen Now

Could a Trump presidency impact Alaska resource development?

Now that Donald Trump is set to take over the White House, big changes could be coming for Alaska's oil and gas industry. But even though Trump will see Alaska through a very different lens than Obama, a 180-degree policy shift isn't likely to happen soon.

Homegrown and hydroponic: Veggies are St. Paul’s new subsistence food

St. Paul’s greenhouse isn’t what you’d imagine. There’s no big glass structure. All the windows are covered from the inside. It’s underneath the city’s grocery store on the first floor of the building. Listen Now

In Alaska, energy policy is key issue for some voters

Alaska’s energy future and its economic one are inseparably linked. But which presidential candidate can best help the state navigate that future? That depends on who you ask.Listen Now

State, Native Corps ask U.S. Supreme Court to enter fray over polar bear habitat

The State of Alaska and a dozen Native organizations have filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking it to overturn a ruling that designated vast swaths of coastal Alaska as critical habitat for polar bears.

Anchorage fuel company settles with EPA for Clean Air Act violations

The Environmental Protection Agency has fined two Alaska fuel terminals for violating federal clean air rules. Listen Now

Squirmy sustainability: one man’s mission to fix a common problem

There’s nothing like taking a walk on Alaska’s pristine wilderness. Unless you step in something — unexpected along the way. For park goers, what dogs leave behind on the trail can be a sensitive topic. But one Juneau man has an unconventional solution he thinks could ease tensions and reduce waste, all at once. Listen Now

For Caelus CEO, North Slope ‘big find’ wouldn’t be the first

In a shallow bay off Alaska’s North Slope, Caelus Energy may have made the biggest oil discovery the world has seen since 2010. If developed, the field could have a major impact on Alaska’s economy and the global oil market. But that’s a big “if” — there are plenty of obstacles to overcome. Listen Now

AGDC board asks president tough questions about gasline’s future

The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation met today in Kenai for an update on the state’s progress taking over the gas line project. AGDC president Keith Meyer said the transition should wrap up by the end of the year. Listen Now

Workers hopeful as Agrium takes steps to reopen its Kenai Peninsula plant

The Agrium natural gas-to-fertilizer plant in Nikiski has been taking steps to reopen. If it does, it could add hundreds of high-paying jobs to the struggling Kenai Peninsula economy. Listen Now

Hoping for jobs and lower fuel costs, an Alaska Native Corporation explores for gas

Alaska Native Regional Corporation Ahtna, Inc. is searching for natural gas to reduce local energy costs and provide jobs. Last week, Ahtna, Inc. subsidiary Tolsona Oil & Gas Exploration LLC started drilling an exploration well on state land near Glennallen. Listen Now

Conoco aims to up North Slope production with new drilling rig

ConocoPhillips Alaska has announced plans for a new drilling rig on the North Slope that will more than double the area it can develop from a single drill site. Listen Now

In Asia, Walker’s gasline team gets audience but no deals

Gov. Bill Walker and several of his energy advisers returned this week from a journey to Singapore and South Korea. Listen Now

Pipeline Promises: Alaska’s 40-year quest for a natural gas line

For more than 40 years, Alaska has tried, and failed, to bring natural gas from the North Slope to market. In this 5-part series, Alaska's Energy Desk explores why the state has struck out - and what it plans to try next.

State calls a truce in Prudhoe Bay dispute

Gov. Bill Walker’s administration has called a truce in its dispute with the big three North Slope oil producers over plans for Prudhoe Bay.

Alaskans weigh in on this year’s smaller dividend check

It’s PFD announcement day in Alaska — but it’s a little less exciting than usual. That’s because this year, for the first time in the program’s history, it’s been cut. Governor Bill Walker announced in a pre-recorded video on Friday exactly how much Alaskans would receive in this year’s Permanent Fund Dividend check: $1,022.