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Joint session planned, bucking Walker

...Some big pieces of legislation remain in play, including the state operating and capital budgets and an Interior energy bill, he said.Legislative leaders were looking at when bills need to move from one side to the other, and Sunday was...
State | AK legislature
House Finance advances Interior energy bill

JUNEAU - The House Finance Committee has advanced legislation aimed at addressing energy concerns for Interior Alaska.The bill, which Gov. Bill Walker considers a must-have, would allow the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority to provide up to $275 million in financing for a gas project serving the Interior if the authority approves a project plan. The plan would have to include the source of gas or propane and estimated cost of the project and the gas supplied to utilities. Regular reports would be required.
Walker: Medicaid expansion, Interior energy bill must-haves

JUNEAU - Gov. Bill Walker says he considers Medicaid expansion and an Interior energy bill to be must-haves for the remainder of the legislative session.Walker tells The Associated Press that Medicaid expansion should...
Murkowski pushes back on federal government

...for the state to take the lead over activities in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska and would put together an energy bill that includes provisions beneficial to Alaska.Members of Alaska congressional delegation have introduced legislation...
State | AK legislature
In Kake, sun provides light at the end of the tunnel

...own solar panels because of the initial cost: They can't afford the installation while they're coping with pricey energy bills due to old electricity-sucking appliances and light bulbs, Davis said.At least one Kake resident has climbed on...
Number of ships transiting Arctic waters falls in 2014

...continue."Plouffe said he hopes that the focus on the Arctic can be expanded to concern for people affected by high energy bills in rural Alaska, for instance, and the safety of regional travel.
House set to OK bills to speed oil, gas drilling

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republican-controlled House is considering three energy bills aimed at speeding up drilling for oil and natural gas.One of the bills that are expected to win approval later Wednesday would...
My Turn: Separation of Oil and State choose between paying for food, medical bills or energy bills. When a 75-year-old businessman who has invested...breaks down telling me about the $30,000 monthly energy bills he cannot pay, I get angry. Consider the time wasted...
Alaska Senate hearing looks at rising fuel costs

...worse this year," said Polar Fuel owner Mervin Gilbertson.His words, as well as personal stories of thousand dollar energy bills, underscored the urgency and frustration surrounding the Interior's high energy prices and the need for something...
Alaska energy overview

Renewable energy is growing in Alaska, but Power Cost Equalization is still a utility's preferred way to shrink energy bills.Alaska's power producers met with Legislators, staff and the public Wednesday for a lunch learning session sponsored...


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