So many projects and so much potential! Jason highlighted nine projects funded through the Denali Commission’s Emerging Energy Technology Grant program. They include a solar thermal project in Kotzebue where they are installing solar panels on six homes to heat hot water; a seawater heat pump system in Seward which is expected to go online this April and will be used to heat the 120,000-square foot Alaska Sealife Center; and a wood pellet boiler installed by Sealaska to heat the corporation’s corporate headquarters in Juneau and perhaps hopefully spur a local economy for creating wood pellets. Other projects include two hydrokinetic in-river turbines in Nenana and on the Yukon River near Eagle to test the possibility of producing power from our rivers, and work with pyschrophiles in Cordova where they are testing cold-loving bacteria that live in tundra lakes and produce methane. The methane could be used to produce power.
Jason also talked briefly about the state’s newly created Emerging Energy Technology Fund, which has just over $5 million in funding and is expected to begin soliciting applications beginning in December.
Mark Foster Energy Consultant, Mark A. Foster & Associates (MAFA)
What do you think the price of oil and gas will be in twenty to forty years? What price should we estimate for greenhouse gas emissions when making long term investment decisions? How should we value a dollar today compared to a dollar fifty years from now? How quickly will new technologies lead to new energy "winners"?
The presentation included a quick quant overview of the usual suspects in Railbelt energy options, including end-use efficiency/conservation, oil, gas, coal, hydro, wind, geothermal, tidal, biomass, distributed generation and upstream energy supply chains, and assumptions that drive the economic analysis. Then the audience was polled for estimates of key assumptions that were incorporated into a simplified Railbelt Energy Economic Model.
Experts provided an overview of biomass technology for community energy production including a discussion of projects in the Interior and throughout the state. In addition, researchers from the Cold Climate Housing Research Center discussed ways to improve residential wood burning.
Gwen Holdmann, Director, Alaska Center for Energy and Power
Alaska uses more energy per capita than any other state, in a nation which uses more energy than any other country in the world. Our state’s high energy use is complicated by high energy prices, isolated electric grid systems, and dependence on external supply lines. By developing more local energy resources – both fossil and renewable – we can stabilize prices and reduce our vulnerability while positioning Alaska as an energy leader. Gwen Holdmann, Director for the Alaska Center for Energy and Power at the University of Alaska will discuss some of the cutting edge technology solutions available to meet Alaska's current and future energy demand.
The Business of Clean Energy in Alaska (BCEA) is a two-day conference showcasing the opportunity for Alaska to become a leader in Energy Efficiency (EE) and Renewable Energy (RE). The conference will focus on understanding the challenges and best practices in implementing an EE/RE infrastructure. Attendees will gain insight into the experiences of governments and businesses from around the country, as they relate to Alaska’s unique potential.
Conference presentations can be downloaded from ACEP’s publication DB.
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