Energy and Power Symbiotic synergy
One of the special sections this month is “Energy & Power” and the other is “Environmental Services,” and the two are somewhat synergetic. A good portion of state government has been dependent on the success of the upstream energy sector and for the most part, the environmental services sector depends on the ongoing success and activities of the upstream energy sector for work and for funding. Just about everybody depends on downstream energy and power to function, including communities, government agencies, businesses, schools, organizations, and residents alike.
The high cost of energy is a limiting factor, thus the constant search for renewable, alternative, and more efficient means of generating and using power. The biggest deterrent to doing that is the high upfront cost and, in some cases, expensive and specialized maintenance and operations, which offset some of the gains of using “free energy” such as the sun, wind, and water.
Alaska was well on its way to the goal of using renewable energy to produce 50 percent of its electricity by 2025 as long as the state and federal governments were paying for the projects; the absence of government subsidies has caused a hiatus in the construction and deployment of many renewable power sources in Alaska. Ironically, the worldwide glut leading to $40 oil and $2 natural gas is causing a steep decline in the amount of funds available to bankroll implementation of renewable energy resources. The slam dunk of building a multi-billion dollar 700 MW dam is off the table for now. As always, funding is the big issue—along with a bit of technological fine tuning.
We’ve been fine tuning our digital edition all year, and, in case you haven’t checked it out, this might be a good month to be sure you do. If you’re getting the magazine in the mail but not in your inbox then let us know. We’re adding digital delivery email addresses to our database of subscribers. Look on your mailing label and send an email to us at email@example.com with the first and last name that’s on your label, along with the email address you want to use to access the digital edition. Then, in addition to the print edition you can read it online or via an app on just about any device. The apps are free, of course. We’ve been expanding the digital edition a bit more every month and are fine tuning video implementation. It’s the beginning of a revolution for readers and advertisers; soon video ads will be available as well. It’s powerful—and so is the August issue of Alaska Business Monthly. The team has put together another really great magazine. Enjoy!
—Susan Harrington, Managing Editor
This article first appeared in the August 2015 print edition of Alaska Business Monthly.