An expansion plan for the Port of Nome is starting to take shape. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Alaska District released a draft feasibility report Feb. 20 that outlines what it sees as a reasonable Arctic deep-draft port.
A Midwest utility company hopes to help Alaska fix its strained Railbelt electric transmission system. Xcel Energy Inc. representatives presented to the House and Senate Energy committees on Feb. 19 about ways the company could facilitate private investment in new power lines for the region.
Unmanned aircraft operators were given an outline for flight standards Feb. 15 when the Federal Aviation Administration released its proposed rules for drone flights. The draft regulations are a major step towards integrating widespread commercial use of unmanned aircraft in the national airspace.
The Alaska Railroad Corp. is using some strategic financing to cut its fiscal year 2016 capital request to $18 million as it looks for ways to finance Positive Train Control. Before the legislative session, the railroad was preparing to ask the Legislature for $53.5 million over three years, with a $21.8 million request for the 2016 fiscal year.