Installation is complete at a new solar power facility in Houston, the largest yet built in Alaska. The array will supply an estimated 8.5 MW to Matanuska Electric Association.
Chugach Electric Association is aggressively pursuing new clean energy projects in a manner that allows it to maintain the lowest rates on the Railbelt, supported by new technologies that enhance the potential of existing assets to balance, or integrate, variable clean energy resources.
Conversations about US Arctic energy have been dominated by oil and gas, but Alaska—the nation’s connection to the Arctic—has so much more to offer in the energy sector, from natural resource extraction to being a natural testing ground for micro-grid and extreme weather energy research.
Organizations around the world are focused on addressing climate change. The Paris Climate Accord focused the efforts of participating governments to achieve Net Zero by 2050—that’s less than thirty years away. Where is all the metal going to come from that will allow this galactic shift to occur?
Students in Southeast Alaska dominated the 4th annual Clean Energy Olympics engineering challenge by designing and building wind turbines.
Through the assistance of Thermalize Juneau, local homeowners interested in clean energy are taking advantage of heat pumps. The program helps them leverage their buying power to obtain discounts and provides technical assistance to demystify the process of installing a new and unfamiliar technology.
Having used supplemental wind power for decades, KEA is looking to solar, a significantly cheaper and more sustainable option in the region.
A few projects across the state are gaining momentum—including one only 80 miles from Anchorage—that could redefine geothermal energy’s role in Alaska.
Many industry experts agree that oil, natural gas, solar, hydro, geothermal, and tidal can all be developed in Alaska without one encroaching on the other’s economic importance to the state. Combined, petroleum and renewables are a positive one-two punch for Alaskans, not ideologically opposed platforms locked in some industrial grudge-match.
While rare earth elements can be found throughout the world, including in Alaska, most of the world’s production takes place in China, putting the supply chain for hundreds of products—as well as significant defense applications—at risk.