New Report Released on Local Energy Resources for Alaska
(Anchorage, AK) – The Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys (DGGS) today released a 144-page report that compiles all of the available information on fossil fuel and geothermal resources that potentially could be used to provide energy for communities throughout Alaska.
The report, titled Fossil Fuel and Geothermal Energy Sources for Local Use in Alaska, supplements the Alaska Energy Authority’s Renewable Energy Atlas and Alaska Energy Pathway, which compiled similar information on renewable resources such as wind, solar and hydroelectric power. Much of this information is now housed online at www.akenergyinventory.org.
“We know that the high cost of energy is the primary concern and challenge for many communities. Our goal is to assist them in making energy development decisions,” said Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan.
“This new report is a valuable tool that extends the work begun with the Renewable Energy Atlas,” said AEA Executive Director Sara Fisher-Goad. “It will also be useful in our regional energy planning efforts,” she said.
Work on the DGGS report began four years ago and efforts included field work, a comprehensive review of scientific literature over the last 50 years, and data compilation. Ultimately, all of the DGGS information will be included on the Alaska Energy Inventory website.
“The release of this information is very timely, given the Alaska Legislature’s approval this year of tax incentives and credits for oil and gas exploration and production in six frontier energy basins,” Sullivan said. Those credits and incentives were included in Senate Bill 23.
The DGGS report evaluates natural gas, coal and geothermal resources throughout Alaska that may exist in sufficient quantities to provide local energy, using existing technology.
“The good news from these reports is that most areas of the state have some potential for local energy production – from renewable or non-renewable sources, or a combination,” said DGGS Director Bob Swenson.
However, Swenson said, “The viability of any development would depend on whether it is competitive with alternate energy supplies.”
To download a copy of the report, go to http://www.dggs.alaska.gov/. To schedule an interview, please contact DNR Communications Coordinator Elizabeth Bluemink at 269-8434 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted: September 7, 2012