I'm no expert on coal bed methane but there was a HUGE fuss when CBM exploration got going in the Palmer - Wasilla area. Best I understand, CBM uses a LOT of water or produces a lot of water that may be quite polluted - water tables can be disrupted or polluted with disposal. Its my understanding that CBM development in Wyoming created quite a mess in some places.
Add to that, some elected (now formerly) officials were making deals and pulling some other questionable activities that added to the fuss in a big way. One guy resigned and I'm not sure if the other was re-elected or maybe was barely re-elected.
For a lot of land owners, when CBM exploration came to town, it was the first time they learned they didn't have subsurface rights and that CBM could set up on or near their land and drill away.
So there was a big grass roots movement to halt the CBM. Haven't heard much about it in the last 2 years. Anchorage is running out of gas and they're gonna need something very soon.
New coal exploration near Chickaloon has created a new fuss.
When I lived in Sand Point (AK) in late 80's we had several wind power units but one by one the big storms (100+ mph) took them out. Actually while they ran power was a mess and my computer screen jumped around like crazy. Once the last wind driven generator died, our power settled down. Those were small units.
IN the late 70's Nelson Lagoon had a big wind turbine experimentally built by Grumman. They spent all summer fixing it. I think the blades were 25 foot each or so. Many of our places just have too much wind.
Galena was making progress on the nuclear option but may have scrapped it when the military quit paying for runway maintenance and some other facilities. I just haven't heard lately. The market might be too small now. I have friends there I should ask them.
But for the cabin dweller, there ARE viable power systems available. I think one place is called R.E.E. or something - Rural Energy Enterprises at www.rural-energy.com
. Wind, solar and combustion combinations are used along with battery storage I think. Or do a google. I've seen stuff out there - try University of Alaska Extension service too.