House Passes Hughes’ Better Business Bill

Legislation by Rep. Shelley Hughes to streamline the mortgage loan originator (MLO) laws to get rid of unnecessary duplication for contract MLOs cleared its final hurdle in the House and now will head to the governor. The Alaska House concurred in Senate changes to House Bill 12.

Murkowski Stresses Need for Deep Water Port in the Arctic

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) pressed Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, Jo-Ellen Darcy, on the need for a deep water port in the Arctic region. During an Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee hearing focusing on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers budget request, Murkowski challenged officials for not funding the proposed port project in Nome, Alaska.

Home Energy Rebate Program to be suspended effective March 25, 2016

Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) today announces the closure of the waitlist to new participants in the Home Energy Rebate program. The closure of the waitlist is effective at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 25, 2016.

More than 40,000 Alaskans participate in Home Energy Rebate Program

Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) today announces the closure of the waitlist to new participants in the Home Energy Rebate program. The closure of the waitlist is effective at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 25, 201

Murkowski Applauds Energy Efficiency Leadership of Rural Communities in Alaska

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today applauded 64 rural communities for being recognized as “Community Efficiency Champions” by the Department of Energy’s Remote Alaska Communities Energy Efficiency Competition (RACEE Competition)

Sen. Murkowski Applauds Energy Efficiency Leadership of Rural Communities in Alaska

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today applauded 64 rural communities for being recognized as “Community Efficiency Champions” by the Department of Energy’s Remote Alaska Communities Energy Efficiency Competition (RACEE Competition).<

Young Secures Alaskan Changes to FAA Reauthorization for Essential Air Service, Part 135 Operators,...

After squaring off before the House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee yesterday on legislation to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration, today Alaska Congressman Don Young secured specific Alaska provisions in the bill to preserve Essential Air Service, protect Alaskan aviation safety assets, and exempt Alaskan air charters and taxis – serving remote communities and villages – from costly user fees

Congressman Young Squares Off Before House Committee Over Essential Air Service, FAA Reauthorization

Standing up for Alaska’s unique aviation interests, today Congressman Don Young squared off before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on proposed legislation to reform the aviation system in the United States – H.R. 4441, the Aviation Innovation Reform and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act. The bill proposes major structural changes for the nation’s air-traffic control system, removing it from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and turning it into a non-profit corporation controlled by a private board.

$32 Million in EPA funds help Northwest and Alaska tribes protect communities’ health, water,...

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $32 million in funding for the Indian Environmental General Assistance Program (GAP) capacity building grants to tribes and tribal consortia in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington

Ridgeline Terrace 70 new units eases housing crunch in Anchorage

An affordable and energy-efficient housing complex accommodating 70 families in the Mountain View neighborhood of East Anchorage opens today. Ridgeline Terrace is the biggest project Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) has constructed since 1998.

Lifting Export Ban Shows America’s Strength as Energy Superpower

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today highlighted her efforts to lift the outdated ban on domestic crude oil exports as the Senate considers the omnibus budget bill that includes a provision to lift the ban. During her remarks Thursday on the Senate floor, Murkowski touted the benefits for Alaska and the nation as a whole that come with domestic crude oil exports

Young Responds to President’s Keystone Rejection

“The President’s own State Department said this project would have little to no impact on the environment, yet they chose to kill this project to score political points with the anti-fossil fuel movement. What’s seen as a major victory by the nation’s most extreme is actually a major blow to the U.S. economy, responsible resource transportation and infrastructure, and energy security.”

North Pole homebuilder leads in energy efficiency

“Congratulations to Mr. Richart, a long-time proponent of energy efficiency. As a former employee of Interior Weatherization he has direct knowledge of the importance of energy efficient construction, especially in the Interior. As a builder, he now has an opportunity to work with energy efficiency solutions from day one of construction,” said Bryan Butcher, AHFC executive director/CEO.

Senate Energy Committee Considers Two Bills Promoting Hydropower in Alaska

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski held a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on legislation to expand the generation of affordable energy from renewable hydropower in Alaska. “Hydropower is a major part of meeting our energy needs in an affordable, reliable and clean way. That is true nationally and it is certainly true in Alaska,” said Murkowski, chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

Repsol Exploration and Production USA Inc. settles with EPA for Clean Water Act violations...

Repsol E&P USA, Inc. agreed to pay a penalty for alleged Clean Water Act violations at an oil exploration well pad on the North Slope, Alaska. According to a settlement announced on August 26 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the company’s exploration well drilling equipment leaked well testing fluids onto the frozen, snow-covered arctic tundra in April of 2013.

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FERC Proposal Would Roll Back Land Use Fee Hikes for Alaska...

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today welcomed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) proposal of a new method to calculate annual charges for hydropower projects on federal lands in Alaska. FERC is seeking comment on the use of a statewide average per-acre land value rather than a regional per-acre land value, which would reduce recent land use fee increases and help lower the cost of future projects.