‘Our communities have abundant renewable energy resources available to them. By combining the community-organizing skills and representation of TCC with ACEP’s technical and scientific expertise, we’re confident we can achieve long term sustainable energy solutions for rural Alaska. It is important to the success and continued viability of our communities and our way of life.’
~ Jerry Isaac, President, Tanana Chiefs Conference
ACEP partners with industry and private sector to meet the research needs of Alaska…
ACEP partners closely with
- the Alaska Energy Authority,
- the Denali Commission,
- the National Renewable Energy Laboratory,
- and the Cold Climate Housing Research Center
and has developed key partnerships with over 75 private companies, utilities, and native organizations.
In addition, ACEP leverages resources from throughout the University of Alaska system through its model of building integrated, interdisciplinary teams to meet the research needs of our clients. ACEP projects include researchers from
- the Institute of Social and Economic Research,
- the Institute of Northern Engineering,
- the Geophysical Institute,
- the Institute of Arctic Biology,
- the Cooperative Extension Service,
- and the School of Natural Resources.
ACEP works with our partners in the following ways:
Sponsored research – As Alaska enters new territory in seeking options for affordable energy for our residents, businesses, and industries, many questions need to be answered to ensure we invest wisely in projects that will make a difference. Through applied energy research and testing, we can work to address specific technical, economic, social and scientific challenges.
Neutral third party – ACEP acts as a neutral third party evaluator in testing new energy products and conducting independent performance verification of installed systems.
Outreach and Education – ACEP is committed to delivering the information we generate to the people who need it to make informed decisions, not just in Alaska, but worldwide. We achieve this through our extensive website and Alaska Energy wiki webpage, offering seminars and courses on a range of energy related topics, facilitating rural training opportunities, and providing graduate and undergraduate research opportunities.
Energy Policy – ACEP provides data and analysis to inform key stakeholders involved in developing Alaska’s energy policy. Our focus is to help identify and answer key questions that can ensure the best information is available to make informed, practical policy decisions.
Joint Appointments – In order to build meaningful partnerships and maximize limited resources, ACEP has developed joint staff appointments with several other entities, including the Alaska Energy Authority and Tanana Chiefs Conference, a native non-profit organization representing the 44 interior communities.