State regulators agreed to make permanent a nearly 4 percent electric rate hike enacted by Alaska Electric Light & Power a year ago. But state lawyers were able to wring some concessions out of Juneau’s electric utility in return.
Legislation that would open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling was approved Wednesday by the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Democrats tried repeatedly kill or weaken the measure, but they failed to stop the advance of the drilling measure.
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski released Wednesday legislation that would open part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling. Murkowski’s part of the bill would lift the ban on drilling in the so-called 1002 area, along the coastal plain of the refore. It would split revenues 50-50 between the state and the federal government.