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2013 Business of Clean Energy in Alaska Conference to Highlight Growing Industry Opportunities

(Anchorage) – Alaskans are collectively spending over $5 billion a year on electricity, heat and transportation. As the State’s leaders continue to discuss Alaska’s current and future energy needs, interest in developing clean energy projects has been increasing quickly over the last several years.  In 2012, Alaskans living in the Railbelt benefitted from the commissioning of several renewable energy projects, including the 17.6 MW Fire Island wind farm near Anchorage, Golden Valley Electric Association’s 24.6 MW Eva Creek wind farm and the 5.6 MW methane power plant at the Anchorage landfill.  And since 2008, lawmakers have appropriated $227 million to the State’s Renewable Energy Fund for renewable energy projects across the State, $560 million for residential energy efficiency programs and nearly $7 million for the Emerging Energy Technology Fund.  All of these efforts, and others, are stabilizing energy costs and keeping dollars in the State’s economy.
The 5th annual Business of Clean Energy in Alaska conference, May 2nd and 3rd at the Dena’ina Ceter in Anchorage, will highlight the policy and financing mechanisms necessary to move Alaska even further into a clean energy future that creates jobs and stabilizes our economy .
This two-day event will focus on Alaska’s growing clean energy industry and discuss how the State can take advantage of its energy efficiency opportunities and vast renewable energy resources.  All panels will be moderated by Ethan Zindler, Head of Policy Analysis for Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Topics include international clean energy markets, the role of Alaska’s Native corporations in the clean energy development space, Alaska’s regulatory environment and building the workforce of the future.
Keynotes presentations will also be delivered by Jennifer Granholm, former two-term Governor of Michigan; Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow-In-Residence at the Post Carbon Institute; and Dr. Dan Arvizu, Director of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
An exhibit hall and clean energy poster session will be free and open to the public.
This conference is an opportunity for Alaskans to learn about the economic challenges facing our state, and how the increased development of renewable energy and energy efficiency can help mitigate the burden of these challenges.

For more information contact Katie Marquette at (907) 378-4330 or Katie@realaska.org.

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