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  • Clarissa reviews Ampy meter systems in Kongiganak, Alaska

    Bringing billing innovations to Alaska's most remote communities

    June 03, 2024

    One of the critical challenges in serving remote communities around the world with vital electricity and other infrastructure services is how to pay for such services. The following are selected excerpts from UA Press' forthcoming book Alaska's Energy Innovators that follow the story of two women who were pivotal in creating electric utilities in Alaska's smallest and most remote villages and provided the tools - through prepay metering technology - to enable these micro-utilities to become sustainable enterprises.

  • Two researchers stand in the winter sun on the frozen Yukon river.

    Innovating below the ice

    April 16, 2024

    In mid-February, the frozen Yukon river appeared still and foreboding - large chunks of jumble ice jutting out from its surface. But underneath the ice, the water flowed. Stephanie Fisher and Leo Azizi from the Alaska Center for Energy and Power were there to measure the under-ice flow rate, the first step in determining whether locals could use this seemingly frozen river to generate electricity.

  • Nighttime view of Cordova in winter, 1912.

    Telling the story of Alaska's electrification

    April 01, 2024

    As an energy and environmental historian at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, much of my research has focused on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) and its historical influence in Alaska and beyond. While conducting this research I kept finding fascinating and remarkable stories of Alaska's electrification. This book provided me the opportunity to offer a narrative of Alaska's electrical history and contemplate possibilities of electric futures.

  • A view of North America with Alaska filled in red.

    Alaska's data center opportunity: A reality check and possible next steps

    February 08, 2024

    The role of data centers continues to increase in the lives of ordinary citizens, large corporations and other electricity consumers across the globe. From the surge in interest and application of artificial intelligence and machine learning to the more localized needs of remote communities in Alaska, access to the Internet and cloud computing are transforming the economy and the electricity infrastructure that underpins it. Could a large data center like those seen in Iceland make sense in Alaska?

  • AlexAnna Salmon of Igiugig, Alaska

    Inspiring tales of energy innovation from the top of the world

    January 19, 2024

    As glaciers melt and permafrost thaws, treasured species of fish such as salmon and crab decline, oil reserves wane and consumer energy bills continue to rise, Alaska is re-evaluating its energy future. The good news is that many rural Alaska communities are already leading the way towards a new energy future for the state.

  • Tesla with doors open in the winter. License plate reads

    A look at the math: Will growing EV adoption increase consumer rates as Cook Inlet's natural gas production dwindles?

    January 03, 2024

    As EV technology continues to improve and market demand grows in the U.S., the adoption of EVs will undoubtedly increase in Alaska. We see evidence of this trend already. What will this increase in electric demand mean for overall consumer rates as we work to address the gas conundrum over the next 5 to 10 years?

  • Students work together to retrofit a condo with window film. Photo by George Reising/ACEP

    ARCTIC Toolkit: Students pave the way towards energy resiliency in rural Alaska

    November 10, 2023

    Sometimes to get a job done in rural Alaska, you have to learn how to do it yourself. Equipped with thermometers, hair dryers, and infrared cameras, Alaska Teaching Through Technology students learned how to assess a home's energy efficiency, make recommendations and weatherize buildings with accessible materials.

  • Computer generated visual of the Aurora microreactor, Oklo, Inc. Oklo was selected as the vendor for the Eielson AFB microreactor. Credit: Oklo, Inc.

    Demystifying nuclear energy

    September 15, 2023

    Public opinion about nuclear energy is often shaped by big events and popular culture, with many people not feeling they fully understand the topic

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    Ready or not, electric vehicles are coming

    August 03, 2023

    The transition to electric vehicles is happening—rapidly in some places and more slowly in others. Are we ready for EVs in Alaska?

  • Ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new UAF coal power plant in 2018. Courtesy of Gwen Holdmann

    Does Coal have a Role in Alaska's Energy Future

    July 07, 2023

    Coal has become a dirty word, and not without good reason. But when it comes to coal, Alaskans have to be pragmatic and open-minded about the realities of our state's needs and available resources. We need to think holistically about our energy options and how we can do the absolute best with ALL of the energy sources and technologies we have access to.

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