Snow and cold: Call them Alaska’s secret solar super powers. Turns out Alaska has great solar potential, even in the midst of winter. Still, the state ranks last in rankings for solar jobs per capita, with less than half the number of the next lowest performer, Wyoming. Entrepreneurs see opportunity.
Budgets of oil states are going to be hard hit by the recent slide in oil prices. Measured in dollars, Texas is the clear loser, but in terms of actual on-the-ground impacts, it’s not quite so simple. In the country’s number two oil producing state, North Dakota, falling prices have barely caused a ripple, while in Alaska (ranked fourth), lawmakers are calling it a “fiscal apocalypse.”