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Hundreds to Gather in Anchorage to Discuss Rural Energy 2013


(Anchorage) – The Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) and Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP) will host the three-day Rural Energy Conference, offering technical sessions about new and ongoing energy projects in Alaska.   The conference will be held in Anchorage at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel from April 29- May 1.

The goal of the 8th Annual Rural Energy Conference is to create a forum for energy stakeholders to share ideas and information to promote economic development, environmental sustainability and energy security for Alaskans.

“Alaska faces some of the highest energy costs in the nation and as a result, we continue to be at the forefront of finding innovative solutions and new energy technologies,” said Sara Fisher-Goad, AEA executive director.  “The Rural Energy Conference provides an opportunity to educate Alaskans about not only the cost of energy, but to address needs for Alaska’s remote communities.”

The Rural Energy Conference includes an Energy 101 workshop the morning of April 29 and attendees have the option to sign up for field trips to local alternative energy projects and power plant modules scheduled for deployment in rural communities.

Speakers include Sen.. Lisa Murkowski, Rep. Don Young and Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell. Topics are organized by four tracks: Energy- The Big Picture; The Diesel Powerhouse; Renewable Energy Technologies; and Energy Efficiency and Other Topics.

The previous conference, held in 2011 in Juneau, attracted more than 500 people from more than 100 villages and towns in Alaska.  This is the first time the conference has been held in Anchorage.

Conference registration and an agenda are available online at Akruralenergy.org.

The Alaska Energy Authority is a public corporation of the state. AEA’s mission is to reduce the cost of energy in Alaska by investing in Alaska’s infrastructure, diversifying Alaska’s energy portfolio, energy planning and policy and training and technical assistance. Akenergyauthority.org  The Alaska Center for Energy and Power is based at the University of Alaska and is dedicated to applied energy research and testing focused on lowering the cost of energy throughout Alaska. Uaf.edu/acep

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