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AK Clean Energy Industry to be Highlighted at 2012 Business of Clean Energy in Alaska Conference April 19-20 at the Dena’ina Center

(Anchorage) – Anchorage will soon join a growing list of Alaska communities powered by local renewable energy with the addition of the Fire Island wind farm and the municipality’s new landfill methane plant both scheduled to come online by 2013.
These projects and others will be highlighted this Thursday and Friday at Renewable Energy Alaska Project’s 4th annual Business of Clean Energy in Alaska Conference at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage.
The two-day conference showcases Alaska’s growing clean energy industry, which now includes more than 20 communities powered by wind, a geothermal power plant at Chena Hot Springs, the state’s largest biodiesel plant located in Anchorage, and ongoing work in tidal, solar, hydrokinetic and biomass power. More than 300 participants from around the state are expected, including leading business, civic and government leaders.
Keynote speakers will be Vice Admiral (Ret’d.) Dennis McGinn, President of American Council on Renewable Energy, and national energy expert Randy Udall. The conference also includes a Clean Energy Poster Session and Free Exhibit Hall featuring more than 40 exhibitors open to the public from 7:00am – 7:00pm each day.
Renewable energy and energy efficiency are growing fields nationwide, and an estimated $250 billion-a-year plus industry worldwide. Alaska already gets 21% of our electricity from hydropower, and the state has set goals to have 50% renewable electricity by 2025, and reduce energy use 15% by 2020.
This conference is an opportunity for Alaskans to explore the serious energy challenges facing our state and the opportunities we have to help diversify and grow our economy with increased development of renewable energy and energy efficiency.

For more information, contact Stephanie Nowers at (907) 229.1982, or s.nowers@realaska.org

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