In a December 23 filing, the Alaska LNG team submitted an additional 2,000 pages of charts, data, maps, and explanations to answer questions from federal regulators for the Alaska LNG final EIS, which has a scheduled publication date this month. If there are no delays in the process, FERC commissioners could vote on the project application as early as June 4. alaska-lng.com
All six Railbelt utilities (Chugach Electric Association, Golden Valley Electric Association, Homer Electric Association, Matanuska Electric Association, Municipal Light b Power, and Seward Electric) have signed a MOU to move forward with the Railbelt Reliability Council, which will define and enforce electric reliability standards; coordinate joint planning through an integrated resource planning process; and ensure consistent interconnection protocols for utilities, independent power producers, and others who would like to use the grid.
The utilities plan to file the executed MOU with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska by the end of the year, alaskapower.org/rrc/
Ahtna Netiye' subsidiary Ahtna Petrochemicals Products acquired 23 acres of North Slope pad space to support operational and logistical needs of the oil and gas industry. The pad (previously owned by AIDEA and available for leasing) is located less than five miles from the Deadhorse airport with fifteen acres of gravel. ahtna.com
Impact investor Factor[e] Ventures closed a deal with 60Hertz, the first maintenance management software designed specifically for people managing remote energy assets such as microgrids, in December. The Alaska-based startup, which launched in 2017, has developed a cloud-based application to train and assist operators who maintain expensive, critical assets in isolated locations. The [delta]OHertz platform connects remote operators to a peer network, provides in-app trainings for "upskilling" on the job, and assists with change management. The platform first piloted in fifteen rural villages in Alaska in 2019 and now is commercially deployed in twenty-eight locations across the state. 60hertzenergy.com
On January 13, in the village of New Stuyahok located in the Bristol Bay region, residents had the opportunity to test for their driver's license and get their REAL ID, the first instance of a mobile DMV deployed in Alaska. The State of Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles and Bristol Bay Native Corporation spent a year...