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Weekly Highlight for June 27, 2017            

FERC issued the Director’s Determination on the Initial Study Reports for the Susitna-Watana Hydro Project on June 22, 2017. FERC overwhelmingly endorsed the previously approved Study Plan, generally with minor changes to 16 of the 58 studies. FERC’s analysis was objective and based on scientific evidence and accepted procedures. Of the 206 proposed study recommendations, FERC recommended 36 relatively minor modifications to the study plans, supporting nearly all of AEA’s proposed modifications to the study plans. AEA’s analyses for rejecting proposed study modifications were extensively cited by FERC in its Determination. Of note, FERC rejected virtually every recommendation to expand numerous studies farther downstream into the lower river. FERC also rejected recommendations to add additional years of data collection, noting that environmental conditions in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 were within the normal range of environmental variation (i.e., rejected the claim of anomalous years). FERC retained the option of requiring additional information after the next study season.



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Final Railbelt electric plan cost estimate nears $900M

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.....

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....

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....

YK villages serve as models for renewable energy

Biomass success stories shared from Galena, Ketchikan, Tanana

- April 20, 2017 By: Leila Kheiry

It’s great to talk about biomass as a renewable energy source, but how does it work in real-world situations? During last week’s Alaska Wood Energy Conference in Ketchikan, participants heard three “case studies” from communities in Alaska that have invested in biomass. 

Galena is a small village about 300 miles west of Fairbanks. It gets cold there in the winter – like negative-40 cold – so heat is pretty important.

Their big industry is education. Galena is home to a regional boarding school on the site of a former U.S. Air Force base. Tim Kalke is a teacher at that school, and worked on plans to improve the heating system for the 14-building Galena Interior Learning Academy. more....

Research Matters No. 106: Energy Costs and Rural Alaska Out-Migration

- April 7, 2017 By:unknown

Does expensive home-heating fuel cause people to move out of rural Alaska communities and into urban areas? Yes, but not as many as some anecdotal reports might lead you to expect. Matthew Berman, professor of economics at ISER, just completed the first study to use statistical testing to assess whether high fuel prices prompt people to leave rural communities. The research was funded by the Alaska Energy Authority. 

Using data from adult Permanent Dividend applications for 2003 through 2015, the author found: more....

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