After Goldman Sachs announced it would not finance oil drilling in the Arctic, Gov. Mike Dunleavy suggested he could cut off the millions of dollars a year that the state pays the Wall Street firm. Now Goldman is playing defense: Last week, it hired a Juneau lobbyist to represent its interests in Alaska.
The city of Kotzebue has used wind power for decades to supplement its diesel fuel use. Now it’s about to break ground on a new solar energy project.
It was the first time Alaskans could provide in-person comments to the Regulatory Commission of Alaska about one of the state’s biggest oil industry deals.
As the North Slope has become wetter and warmer, its rivers have been running at record high levels.
The governor says the state is in a good position on multiple fronts. One is the warming Arctic, which could allow for shipping across the Arctic Ocean. Another is the demand for minerals that are used in electronics.
The lease is an important step forward in Donlin Gold’s quest to build the Southwest Alaska mine, which could be one of the largest in the world if completed.
While installing solar panels has allowed some people and organizations in Kake to cut their energy bills, the impact on the local grid is more complicated.
The bills would decrease the unemployment insurance tax rate paid by businesses and change regulations on professional licenses, timber sales and geothermal development.
The initiative targets some of Alaska’s oldest and largest oil fields, and it would levy what Robin Brena’s side estimates as an additional $1 billion in taxes on the state’s biggest producers: BP, ConocoPhillips and ExxonMobil.
The Regulatory Commission of Alaska, which is overseeing Hilcorp’s purchase of BP’s stake in the trans-Alaska pipeline, plans to hold a six-hour public hearing on the deal in February, denying a request by the companies to approve the transaction without one. The commission announced the hearing Jan. 17, saying it had received public comments both…