2013 Business of Clean Energy in Alaska Conference 

The 2013 Business of Clean Energy in Alaska conference has come to an end and we are happy to report that this year’s event was a great success! Leaders from across Alaska gathered in Anchorage for two days to hear about the growing economic opportunities related to renewable energy and energy efficiency in Alaska. Top energy experts traveled from around the country and the world to participate in facilitated discussions on topics like international clean energy markets, the role of Alaska’s Native corporations in the clean energy development space, Alaska’s regulatory environment and building the workforce of the future. Additionally, Keynote speakers included:

–       Jennifer Granholm, Former two-term Governor of Michigan
–       Dr. Dan Arvizu, Director, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
–       Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow-In-Residence, Post Carbon Institute

Many thanks to all of our sponsors, speakers and volunteers who helped us pull off such a great event. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Videos from the conference will be available on REAP’s website in mid-June.

Panel 1 – The World Around Us: International Clean Energy Markets
This moderated discussion featured experts on Asia and Europe, focusing on how Alaska can develop a policy that will catalyze greater clean energy development across the state.

Panel 2 – Energy Efficiency: Alaska’s “First Fuel”
This moderated discussion looked at some of the innovative construction techniques already being deployed in Alaska, and discussed what other leaders in the built environment are doing around the world to save energy and keep money in local economies.

Panel 3 – Bringing Renewables into the Grid: How Utilities and Independent Power Producers Can Work Together
This moderated discussion included perspectives from the State of Alaska, IPPs and Railbelt utilities on the kinds of market rules and transmission access that will allow abundant renewable energy development in Alaska.

Panel 4 – Alaska Native Corporations: Engines For Clean Energy Investment
This moderated discussion featured representatives from regional corporations and non-profits to discuss why clean energy is an attractive investment, and how future projects might be financed.

Panel 5 – Bringing Private Investment Dollars to Alaska
This moderated discussion examined ways that energy projects across the state and the country are being financed.

Panel 6 – Building the Workforce of the Future
This moderated panel featured labor and education experts discussing innovative programs and policies being used in Alaska and across the country, and what the State needs to do to ensure Alaskans know where their energy comes from and are prepared for the clean energy jobs of the future.

Panel 7 – Alaska’s Clean Energy Market Opportunities
This moderated panel highlighted the ways Alaskans can utilize the State’s vast supply of stranded renewable energy resources, optimize our small-scale distributed energy systems, create jobs and strengthen the State’s economy in the process.

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