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 Weekly Highlight for July 11, 2017  

  • Utilities and AEA staff presented the proposed Battle Creek Diversion Project to the AEA Board at the June 29th meeting. The diversion project is estimated to produce an additional 37,300 MWh to power an additional 5,200 home from the Bradley Lake hydro project.

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HEA exploring solar power

Peninsula Clarion

Posted June 15, 2017 by BEN BOETTGER

Homer Electric Association is “in the exploratory phase” of planning a solar power installation that may be funded by voluntary member investments, according to HEA Director of Power, Fuels and Dispatch Larry Jorgensen.

Under one possible funding method the proposed community solar facility — which would likely be built on HEA property in Homer — could be paid for by contributions from members who would receive a proportional output of its energy.

Jim Levine, an HEA director from the Homer district, said he initiated the community solar project during his first term as an HEA director between 2009 and 2014 after seeing an article in a utility trade magazine about a similar community solar project in Sacramento, California. Levine was elected to his third term as an HEA director in May, and has said in past Clarion interviews that increasing HEA’s renewable energy use was his reason for seeking the position.more....

Cordova hosts U.S. Senate field hearing on microgrids

When it comes to emerging energy technologies, many remote Alaska communities are on the cutting edge. That was the message from Cordova this weekend, where U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski held a field hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which she chairs.

The focus of the hearing was microgridsself-contained electrical grids, which can operate unconnected to any larger transmission system. They’re a necessity for just about every Alaska community off the road system. Most of the grids are powered by diesel, but more and more communities are trying to cut costs by adding renewables like wind or expanding hydropower.  more....

One-day conference focuses on wood burning

FAIRBANKS — What to burn, where to burn it and what comes out the chimney were the topics of an Interior Wood Burning symposium Sunday at the Cold Climate Housing Research Center. 

Local experts discussed “Pellets vs. chips vs. logs,” “Emissions and particulates,” and “Wood care” among other wood-heat related subjects. Smoke pollution was also addressed. 

Nick Czarnecki, air quality manager for the Fairbanks North Star Borough, provided some of the latest air quality data pulled from monitors stationed in Fairbanks and North Pole. 

During the winter of 2016-17, the North Pole area exceeded the upper limit for particulate pollution 56 times, according to data collected at a monitor on Hurst Road. In Fairbanks, where the monitor is downtown, the number of exceedances was 17, Czarnecki said.  more....

Another Year of Renewable Energy Growth

Alaska remains a bastion for renewable and alternative energy


Alaska is a bastion for renewable and alternative energy sources statewide, and 2017 is set to meet or even surpass last year in terms of new project financing and construction.

Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP) Executive Director Chris Rose says that his organization is focused on how to finance and maintain renewable energy projects in rural Alaska.

“The $257 million in grants the state made through the Renewable Energy Fund really jumpstarted the industry here in Alaska and made the state a world leader in putting renewable energy into remote diesel systems. Now we’re looking at how to keep the momentum created by the fund going,” says Rose.

According to the Alaska Energy Authority, the sixty-six projects built in part through fund money saved an estimated 30 million gallons of diesel fuel in 2016. Since state grant funds have been drastically diminished by the state’s revenue problems, Rose says Alaskans must find ways involve the private sector in financing renewable energy and energy efficiency across the state. One of the paths REAP is exploring is a state “green bank.”. more....

Two Alaska Communities Awarded Forest Service Wood Innovation Grants


JUNEAU, Alaska—May 31, 2017. Two Alaska communities were awarded Forest Service Wood Innovation Grants; the Fairbanks North Star Borough and the Native Village of Tazlina. These two grants are part of the 38 grants awarded nationally after a rigorous competitive process. The goal of the grants is to substantially expand and accelerate wood energy and wood products markets through-out the United States to support forest management needs on National Forest System and other forest lands. more.....

Final Railbelt electric plan cost estimate nears $900M

New Alaska handbook provides how-to on heated greenhouses

by: RACHEL D\'ORO, Associated Press Updated:

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Cold-climate greenhouses have long been an option for increasing the limited growing season in Alaska, where fresh produce is a rarity in a harsh environment. But for many remote communities that rely on costly imported diesel fuel for their power source, they're too expensive to operate.

Now, the state has released a handbook that shows schools and community groups how to build greenhouses heated with a plentiful local resource: wood.

The 98-page guide comes as greenhouses gain popularity in the vast state for several reasons, including improved technology and heightened awareness, according to officials who worked on the handbook.

Thousands of schools in the continental U.S. have gardens and some have greenhouses where students learn to grow food. But Alaska's situation is unique given the lack of fresh produce from local sources in remote parts of the state.

"There's nobody that comes close," says Bob Deering, renewable energy coordinator for the Alaska region of the U.S. Forest Service, the handbook's main funding source.more....

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