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Research Matters No. 73. The Alaska Energy Data Gateway: A New Online Database

October 25, 2013

The Institute of Social and Economic Research has now launched the Alaska Energy Data Gateway, a new online database with energy data—most of it at the community level—from across Alaska. The site provides data from many sources, in a user-friendly format and through a single access point. The data can be downloaded in a variety of file formats.

We hope this new site will make it easier for Alaskans—including project developers and researchers—to get the energy information they need to make informed, practical decisions about energy production and use for Alaska communities. The gateway was developed in cooperation with the Alaska Energy Authority and is housed at the University of Alaska’s Arctic Region Supercomputing Center in Fairbanks. This site is the first to make such broad energy data for Alaska projects available over the Internet.

Development of the gateway was funded in part by a U.S. Department of Energy award, Making Wind Work for Alaska: Supporting the Development of Sustainable, Resilient, Cost-Effective Wind-Diesel Systems for Isolated Communities. Funding contributed by the Alaska Energy Authority made it possible to expand the site to include additional data on renewable and non-renewable energy in Alaska.

This initial release of the Alaska Energy Data Gateway contains only part of the information we hope to include in the future. For example, ISER is also working with the Alaska Center for Energy and Power, at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, to add high-resolution engineering data to the site.

We encourage users to provide feedback that will help us add to and improve the site. Please visit: https://akenergygateway.alaska.edu/

 

If you have questions, get in touch with Ginny Fay, assistant professor of economics, at vfay@alaska.edu, or Ben Saylor, programmer, at bsaylor1@alaska.edu. You can also e-mail your comments to us at akenergygateway@alaska.edu.

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