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.
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
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?
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.
June 29, 2023
Technology transitions don't happen uniformly all at once. There are pockets of early adopters, or niche markets, where technology uptake is much faster than the norm. In Alaska, those niche markets have been our rural communities. The Railbelt should look to its counterparts in rural Alaska to understand what strategies and approaches have worked, where, and why.
June 22, 2023
One day in 2004, Marvin Yoder, the City Manager of Galena, AK, received an unusual e-mail that would change his life and the course of an industry. The email was an inquiry from Toshiba Corporation, asking if Galena might be interested in hosting a demonstration deployment of a small nuclear microreactor "battery" that was under development in Japan.
June 15, 2023
Predicting the future is hard - really hard. What can we learn from researchers who scientifically tried to predict the 1980s and 90s, but got things very, very wrong?
June 08, 2023
Next week, we will explore a cautionary tale about our ability to predict or forecast the future, and why maintaining flexibility in the face of uncertainty is a smart strategy.
June 02, 2023
Could Alaska generate power for electricity and heat on par with the most competitive markets in the world? A look at the places in the world with the cheapest power to consumers reveals some valuable insights (as well as cautionary tales) to consider as the trend toward deregulation and the opening of energy markets continues to rise.
May 23, 2023
From vast fossil energy resources to every possible flavor of renewable energy, Alaska has the resources and assets to produce some of the cheapest energy in the world. However, our current reality boasts the highest energy cost burden of any state in the U.S. Can investments we make today leave an intergenerational legacy of cheap and reliable energy in Alaska?
April 19, 2023
The Dr. Alex Hills Engineering and Civic Engagement Award doesn't typically go to software engineering projects, but the app designed by UAA computer science students Nicole Mah and Tuva Granøien had both the engineering acumen and strong focus on civic engagement worthy of the prestigious award.
March 24, 2023
The idea of making a difference in the energy sector for rural Alaskan communities had always intrigued Logan Borger. When he stumbled upon a flier for ACEP's summer internship program in 2019, he knew he had found the perfect chance to explore this passion firsthand.
March 15, 2023
Australia and Alaska share much in common when it comes to microgrids, but there are some important differences on energy strategies for managing not only transmission networks but also approaches to developing the new hydrogen economy.
February 17, 2023
Often what lies behind a dataset is a story, or a set of stories. Sometimes, it's an epic saga complete with heroes, foes, trials and tribulations.
January 19, 2023
Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP) conducted surveys to gain an understanding of how people define terminology in the energy sector worldwide, focusing on microgrids, the dominant infrastructure platform in Alaska.
November 23, 2022
We are here for the "wood drop" program organized by Aurora Energy Solutions, a subsidiary of Aurora Energy -- the company that owns the 27.5-megawatt coal-fired power plant.
October 20, 2022
UAF can play an important role as a conduit for accurate, science-based information about this emerging microreactor technology, and exploring potential use cases in Alaska.
October 13, 2022
In communities as small as Cordova, with a winter population of around 2,500, each community member has the capacity to bring real change and guide the direction of the city.
October 12, 2022
As concerns regarding the impacts of carbon emissions continue to rise, more and more people are exploring a new breed of advanced nuclear reactors that are smaller, safer and more flexible as part of a cleaner future energy portfolio. Could these systems be beneficial for Alaska?
September 15, 2022
With a century worth of experience in renewable energy generation and microgrids, Cordova provided a rich setting for IPS attendees to learn about the resiliency and reinvention paramount to ground-up energy transitions.
August 19, 2022
We were the first. We were the first people to drive electric vehicles to Oliktok Point.
July 29, 2022
So, why hydrogen, why now, and what is its relevance to microgrids and Alaska?
July 29, 2022
Alaska is home to many paradoxes. It is a region of harsh climate and extreme cold, but it is also a global hotspot for microgrids.
July 15, 2022
FEW, short for the food-energy-water nexus, is one of those buzzwords that you see floating around in a lot of research literature.
May 09, 2022
This land of the Midnight Sun is also a pioneer in remote power systems or microgrids, some being in operation in the last frontier for nearly a century.
June 05, 2020
Investing in solar power in Alaska may be a better bet than the stock market.
March 27, 2020
You peek out from the damp cocoon of a down sleeping bag. Squished up against another large shivering man in a tiny tent, flapping in the wind.
March 18, 2020
We rarely think about all the things that happen behind the scenes to get that power to our light switches and our appliance outlets at the exact moment we need it.
March 09, 2020
Globally, there has been a proliferation of solar photovoltaic (PV) technology installed by customers to offset their own home electric power consumption.