Even before Alaska GOP Gov. Mike Dunleavy unveiled a bill to require the state’s utilities to generate more power from renewable sources, executives were springing into action.

Four months before Dunleavy introduced his legislation, the state official who would be responsible for pushing it was already hearing from utility leaders who were worried the governor’s goal — 80% renewable power by 2040 — was too ambitious and was taken out of an advocacy group’s playbook.

This article was originally published in Northern Journal, a newsletter from journalist Nathaniel Herz, and distributed by Alaska Beacon. Subscribe to Herz’s substack at northernjournal.substack.com.

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