Alaska Looks to Renewable Energy for the Future 

By Megan Edge | KTVA: A growing group of Alaskans want the energy discussion to turn to renewable energy.

And according to energy experts, it’s not just Alaska that needs a “more reliable resource.” A 2010 study by the Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP) showed only 8 percent of the United States’ energy consumption was renewable. But those same experts said Alaska is in luck, because the Last Frontier has every kind of renewable energy.

“This is the power plant,” said Bernie Karl. “It’s a geothermal power plant.”

Karl is the proud creator of a geothermal power plant at Chena Hot Springs, just outside of Fairbanks. “Behind us are the O.R.C’s: organic rank and cycle,” said Karl, pointing to three giant turbines that power a hydroponic greenhouse, the hot springs and 44 buildings that make up the resort. “What we are doing is taking 165 degree water and making history. First time in the history of man.”

He said he is paving the road for renewable energy “imagineers.”

“Einstein said that imagination is far more important that knowledge. If you can imagine it, you can do it. If you can’t imagine it, you can’t do it.”


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