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.

Reactions to Shell’s decision range from remorse to relief

Governor Bill Walker is calling Shell’s announcement a "huge disappointment." He says the end of Shell’s offshore dreams means the state must push harder for the federal government to allow drilling in another controversial region -- the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Murkowski calls Shell pull-out a ‘kick in the gut’

Sen. Lisa Murkowski says news that Shell is pulling out of the Alaska Arctic hit her hard. Download Audio

Sen. McGuire won’t seek re-election in 2016

Senator Lesil McGuire, a Republican from Anchorage, likely surprised attendees at the Arctic Energy Summit in Fairbanks today when she announced she would not seek re-election next year. Download Audio

Shell to abandon Arctic offshore drilling ‘for the foreseeable future’

Shell Oil announced late Sunday night that it is abandoning offshore drilling in Alaska “for the foreseeable future.”

Walker’s special session comes with a surprise

Lawmakers have been expecting a special session on the state's proposed $55-billion gas pipeline project. But when Gov. Bill Walker called the session, it came with a surprise - a proposed tax on natural gas reserves held by the very companies the state is trying to partner with.

Cook Inlet companies defend oil and gas tax credits

As Alaska continues to grapple with a major budget shortfall, one line item promises to be particularly controversial: tax credits for oil and gas producers.

Walker to call special session on Alaska LNG

Governor Bill Walker said Monday night that he plans to call a special session of the legislature to discuss the state's massive natural gas pipeline project, dubbed Alaska LNG.

AIDEA inches closer to choosing an Interior fuel supplier

The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority will select a partner for the Interior Energy Project by the end of the year. Download Audio

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.

Activists say ‘keep it in ground’; Jewell calls it simplistic

Hundreds of environmental groups are uniting under a new banner to curtail greenhouse gas emissions. It’s called: “Keep it in the ground.” They’re asking President Obama to stop new petroleum leases on public lands. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell rejected the idea in a meeting with reporters today. Download Audio

Murkowski’s oil export effort gains traction, yet fate uncertain

Sen. Lisa Murkowski is making progress on ending the U.S. ban on crude oil exports. It’s one of her biggest goals as chairman of the Senate Energy Committee. But powerful interests are fighting to keep the ban in place. Download Audio

In Dutch Harbor, new orange barge a the beacon of oil-spill preparedness

The classic postcard view of the town of Unalaska isn’t what it used to be. The nation’s oldest Russian Orthodox church still towers in front of a bay backed by tundra-covered mountains. Now, there’s also a bright orange, 200-foot barge floating in between them. Download Audio

Walker to court LNG buyers in Japan

Governor Bill Walker will travel to Japan on Saturday for a week-long trip to promote Alaska’s natural gas to potential buyers in Asia. But back at home, it’s clear there are still major disagreements between the state and its partners in the Alaska LNG project. Download Audio