2010 Renewable Energy Fair Schedule 

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August 7, 11am – 9pm • Memorial Block, Anchorage Park Strip

You can see the full schedule below. Just a few of the things to look for this year are the Flaming Church of Funk performers, face painting for kids, Alaska Club kids obstacle course, wind turbine and solar panel displays, electric and hybrid cars displays and workshops on everything from Fire Island Wind and Tidal Power to a demonstration on How to Make Your Own Biodiesel.

Tent 1:Projects

12 pm

Eva Creek Wind
Mike Wright, Golden Valley Electric Association

Golden Valley Electric Association has a renewable energy pledge to have 20% of its peak capacity provided by renewable resources by 2014, and the utility is currently looking at building a 24-megawatt wind farm at Eva Creek near Healy. GVEA has been studying wind as a resource to help meet its renewable energy goal for several years. Eva Creek was identified as one of the best wind resources in the utility’s service territory. Financing options have now brought the estimated cost for this project low enough to where it will not impact rates. GVEA is in the process of confirming data for this project which will go out to bid for construction this fall. This presentation will provide an overview of the wind farm project and GVEA’s efforts to move forward with it.

Mike Wright worked as an Electronic Technician in the Air Force for 10 years. He graduated from University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1990 with a BSEE degree and was hired by Golden Valley Electric Association as an engineer. He held positions as a line superintendent, operations manager, and was promoted to Vice President of Transmission and Distribution in August of 2001.

1 pm

Wind For Schools               
Hannah Gustafson, Renewable Energy Alaska Project

In 2010, Alaska was selected to become part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind for Schools program. The program aims to provide hands-on science and renewable energy education for a wide range of ages, and provide workforce development opportunities for those interested in pursuing a career in renewable energy. It involves installing small wind turbines in elementary and secondary schools while developing Wind Application Centers at higher education institutions. So far, more than 20 schools from Palmer to Kodiak have signed up to be part of the Wind for Schools program in Alaska.

Hannah Gustafson is the Assistant Director for Renewable Energy Alaska Project, which serves as the state facilitator for the Wind for Schools program in Alaska. A lifelong Alaskan who grew up in Kenai, Hannah received her Bachelor’s of Business Administration from UAA in management along with a minor in environmental studies and economics in 2005.

2 pm

Fire Island Wind Update
Suzanne Gibson, CIRI

Suzanne will provide an overview of the Fire Island Wind project, a 53-megawatt wind farm that would be the state’s largest. The project involves installing 36 wind turbines on Fire Island in Cook Inlet and would generate enough electricity to power 17,000 homes.

Suzanne Gibson is the Senior Director of Energy Development for CIRI.  She is primarily responsible for developing the Fire Island Wind project and CIRI’s recently announced Underground Coal Gasification project on the west side of Cook Inlet.  Prior to joining CIRI, Suzanne negotiated natural gas contracts for Chugach Electric Association.  She has 15 years of experience in energy including with utilities, merchant energy companies and as a partner in an energy hedge fund.  Mrs. Gibson holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Houston.

3 pm

Mt. Spurr Geothermal

Brigette Martini, Ormat Technologies

Ormat Nevada Inc. has mounted an aggressive exploration program for the summer of 2010 to identify the potential for tapping geothermal power within the Mt. Spurr volcanic province. Located just 50 miles west of Anchorage, the Mt. Spurr complex could provide a significant source of energy for Anchorage and other communities on the Railbelt. This presentation will include a status report of the various completed and on-going geophysical and geochemical surveys at Mt. Spurr and other work planned for 2011

Dr. Martini has done geothermal work for over ten years, including significant research in and around active volcanic environments. As the senior staff geologist for Ormat Nevada based in Reno, she focuses on exploration in Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington and Nevada. Beginning with an internship at the Geophysical Institute in Fairbanks in 1998 and continuing with projects in SE Alaska and the Aleutians during grad school, she is excited to come back to Alaska once more.


Tidal Power Projects                  
Monty Worthington, Ocean Renewable Power Company

Alaska possesses 90% of the estimated tidal power potential in the U.S. and Cook Inlet has the second highest tidal exchange in North America. This presentation will provide an update on ORPC’s technology and their efforts to develop tidal energy in Cook Inlet including plans for installation of a test turbine in 2012. 

Monty Worthington is Director of Project Development for ORPC Alaska overseeing the development of their Cook Inlet Tidal Energy Project and Nenana RivGen Power Project on the Tanana River. He has more than 10 years experience designing and installing renewable energy systems, including remote off-grid as well as grid-tied commercial and residential photovoltaic, wind, and micro-hydro systems in Alaska, California, throughout the Pacific Northwest and in Asia.  His current work is focused on tidal and river in-stream hydrokinetic energy production in Alaska..

Tent 2: Projects


Southcentral Hydropower                   
Bryan Carey, Alaska Energy Authority & Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority

The Alaska Railbelt could generate a significant amount electricity for residents by building large hydroelectric projects, including a dam on the Susitna River or a lake tap project at Lake Chakachamna. These projects can not all be built however because of the cost. The Alaska Energy Authority has received funding from the legislature to investigate possible project fatal flaws and carry out the needed studies to move possible projects forward to permitting.

Bryan Carey is the project manager for the Alaska Energy Authority’s Bradley Lake Hydroelectric Project, the AIDEA owned Snettisham Hydroelectric Project, and the Susitna Hydroelectric feasibility study.  In addition, he is the project manager for various rural Alaska energy projects that include bulk fuel facilities, power plants, and small hydroelectric projects.  Past work experience includes employment with several engineering consulting companies performing energy and environmental work throughout Alaska.  Mr. Carey received a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a Master of Business Administration from University of Alaska Anchorage.


Commuter Rail for Southcentral Alaska
Cynthia Wentworth

Commuter rail with connecting bus service can save energy and reduce CO2 emissions. A full DMU (diesel multiple unit) double-decker railcar is over nine times as energy efficient as a private car with one person in it.  Since 2002, local citizens have been working to begin commuter rail service between the Mat-Su and Anchorage. This workshop will discuss the plans, benefits and challenges of a Southcentral commuter rail system.

Cynthia Wentworth was born and raised in Anchorage.  She has worked as an economist with the Alaska Railroad, and served on Anchorage’s Public Transit Advisory Board.  In 2002, she helped form the commuter rail planning group for Southcentral Alaska. She and her daughter are presently spending school years in Paris, France, where she is a transportation/ecology consultant.


Wind Power: Obstacles and Challenges
Larry Flowers, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Wind energy added 10000 MW (valued @ $20B) to the US wind fleet in ’09 for a total of more than 35 GW, well ahead of the path indicated in DOE’s 20 % by 2030 wind report. What are the drivers, challenges, and benefits of today’s and the future’s wind energy economies in Alaska, the West, and the nation?

Larry Flowers is Principal Project Manager at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. He has been with NREL since 1980 holding team and principal project manager positions and serving as National Technical Director of Wind Powering America (WPA), a U.S. Department of Energy program launched in 1999 to dramatically increase the deployment of wind in the United States. WPA focuses on states and institutions that have under-utilized their wind resources. Prior to WPA, Larry led NREL’s international Village Power program and the NWTC’s hybrid systems technology project as well as programs and projects in NREL’s business development, buildings sciences, utility systems, solar thermal, and industrial applications. Larry has an MBA from the University of Denver and a BS in metallurgical engineering and materials sciences from Lehigh University.


Electric Vehicles
Bob Baldwin, Alaska Electric Vehicle Association

This presentation will offer an overview of past and present electric vehicles, nationally and today in Alaska. Gasoline to electric conversions will also be discussed, along with the potential for electric vehicles in the future.

Bob Baldwin is an early adapter of alternative energy in Alaska, and a long-time resident. He is an electrical engineer and physical scientist with Alaska Science & Technology, and a past IEEE Alaska Section Chair and Region 6 Director. He is Interim President of AEVA, the Alaska Electric Vehicle Association.


Renewable Energy Policy Update
Chris Rose, Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP)

Chris will discuss renewable energy and energy efficiency legislation passed by the Alaska state legislature in April. He will also give an update on other programs and initiatives related to renewable energy and energy efficiency in Alaska.

Chris Rose is the founder and Executive Director of Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP). He received his law degree from the University of Oregon in 1990 and has been active in educating policy makers about the advantages of renewable energy and energy efficiency since 2003.

Tent 3: Do-it-Yourself


Residential Geothermal: Using ground source heat pumps to heat homes and businesses
Chuck Renfro, Energy Efficiency Associates

Nearly 100 ground source heat pump systems are currently being used in Alaskan homes and commercial buildings with the majority of these systems having a history of over 10-years of reliable service. This presentation will cover the history of ground source heat pumps in Alaska and elsewhere, and detail how this technology works.

Chuck Renfro has designed and installed ground source heat pump systems in locations throughout Southcentral Alaska. He founded Energy Efficiency Associates 34 years ago, and currently provides energy rating services and teaches energy efficiency workshops for the Alaska Craftsman Home Program for new homes and for retrofitting old ones. His involvement in ground source heat pumps began 15 years ago with an experimental system in Girdwood sponsored by UAF, Chugach Electric and his mechanical contracting company.


Renewable Food: How to eat local
Amy Pettit, Alaska Division of Agriculture & Julie Riley, UAF Cooperative Extension Service

What is more renewable and energy efficient than sourcing Alaska Grown food products?  Come learn about the what, where, when and how of finding and buying Alaska Grown products throughout the year, and the basics of growing your own food.

Amy Pettit is the Marketing Program manager at the Alaska Division of Agriculture and manages the Alaska Grown program, farmers’ market outreach, and various grant programs. Julie Riley is the Horticulture Agent with the UAF Cooperative Extension service in Anchorage.


Solar Thermal Heating Systems:
Andy Baker and Lee Bolling, YourCleanEnergy

“Solar thermal” power is one of the most exciting, practical and cost effective uses of small-scale renewable energy in Southcentral Alaska. This workshop will explain how solar hot water heating systems work and detail currently operating commercial and residential solar hot water projects in Alaska. Through a short video, slides, demonstrations and displays, participants will gain a better understanding of the mechanics and advantages of solar heating.

Andy Baker is a registered professional engineer in Alaska and owner of YourCleanEnergy consulting in Anchorage. He has lived and worked in Alaska since 1998 and has focused for the past five years on identifying and designing cost effective renewable energy systems for commercial, municipal, and residential clients. He regularly teaches workshops on the theory, design and installation of renewable energy technologies suitable for northern climates.

Lee Bolling recently completed his civil engineering degree from University of Alaska and recently received his Engineer-In-Training certificate from the State of Alaska. He has worked for YourCleanEnergy since 2008 assisting with energy audits, site assessments and renewable energy system design.


Home Wind Turbines
Kirk Garoutte, Susitna Energy Systems

As smaller wind turbines become more efficient and robust, their applications in the Last Frontier are broadening. This presentation will cover the details of how to determine if wind power is right for your home, as well as the process of installing a wind turbine for residential use.

Kirk Garoutte is the owner/operator of Anchorage-based Susitna Energy Systems, one of the early pioneering suppliers of wind and solar products throughout the state of Alaska. He lives off-grid with the products he sells and has been doing so since 1991.


Backyard Biodiesell
Will Taygan, Arctic Vegwerks

A number of Alaskans have been running diesel vehicles on vegetable oil. A few make backyard biodiesel while others convert their vehicles to run on vegetable oil. This workshop will provide an overview on how to make any diesel free of petroleum, and include a live demonstration of how biodiesel is made. Participants will learn about the state of biodiesel in Alaska, identify which diesel vehicles function best on vegetable oil, explore the science behind biodiesel and straight vegetable oil (SVO) systems, compare emissions, and learn how to collect oil responsibly.

Will Taygan is a stay-at-home dad, biodiesel educator and an authorized installer of straight vegetable oil systems. He is the owner of Arctic Vegwerks and the coordinator of the Alaska Biodiesel and SVO Network, a non-profit dedicated to supporting and encouraging the use of waste vegetable oil, fish oil and local sustainably grown oil crops as fuel.

Tent 4: Energy Efficiency


Making $ense of Home Energy Efficiency
Cary Bolling, Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC)

Energy efficiency saves money and is a wiser way to use the energy we do have. Learn about energy rebate programs, do-it-yourself techniques, and simple tips for reducing your energy use.  Financial incentives, weatherizing your home, and “what you can do for $100 to reduce your energy bill” will be covered in this presentation.

Cary Bolling is an Energy Specialist for the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation. As a superinsulated home owner/builder, energy educator and media producer, Cary has provided information and technical assistance on housing construction & energy-efficiency for almost 20 years. He currently teaches the popular “Read Your Energy Rating” classes and provides energy tips on the Alaska Real Estate Showcase.


Energy Efficiency and Lighting
Dave Badger, Brown’s Electrical Supply

Lighting can account for up to 10 percent of the total electrical costs in your home. Using energy efficient lighting can cut energy use by up to 75 percent, and cut your energy bills. This workshop will cover some of the latest developments in compact fluorescents and LEDs, and the do and don’ts of energy efficiency lighting from how to make your bulbs last longer to picking the right bulbs for indoors and outdoor use.

David Badger is a lighting expert with Brown’s Electrical Supply. He has spent 14 years in the electrical supply field and has worked on numerous lighting projects at military installations, colleges, hospitals, office buildings, commercial buildings, retail stores, warehouses, parking facilities, multifamily dwellings, and single-family houses. Prior to Brown’s Electric, David was in the U.S. Navy for 20 years working with electricity, electronics and explosives.


Commercial Energy Efficiency
Sean Skaling, Alaska Energy Authority

Buildings use 40% of our energy in the country. Implementing energy efficiency measures is the easiest way to cut energy use and help your bottom line. Mr. Skaling will explore practical tips to improve and track the energy performance of your workplace, and give updates on two new developing programs:  the commercial energy audit program and the Emerging Energy Technologies Fund, which can be used to test energy efficiency technologies as well as renewable energy technologies.

Sean Skaling serves an energy efficiency and conservation program manager at the Alaska Energy Authority. He is well versed in energy efficiency and is coordinating efforts to pursue the new state goal to improve energy efficiency by 15% by 2020 on a per capita basis.


Home Energy Rebate & Weatherization Programs
Cary Bolling, Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC)

AHFC’s Home Energy Rebate and Weatherization programs are making Alaskan homes more energy efficient throughout the state. Learn how these programs work, how much people are saving and how to participate.

Cary Bolling is an Energy Specialist for the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation. As a superinsulated home owner/builder, energy educator and media producer, Cary has provided information and technical assistance on housing construction & energy-efficiency for almost 20 years. He currently teaches the popular “Read Your Energy Rating” classes and provides energy tips on the Alaska Real Estate Showcase.


Doing More With Less: 10 easy ways to make your home more energy efficient
Rob Jordan, Alaska Craftsman Home Program
We consume huge amounts of energy in the United States. More than 20 percent of that energy flows though our homes, and if you include commercial structures, that number totals about 40 percent of our total energy consumption. We can each reduce our energy consumption while increasing comfort levels with remarkably little effort. Helping you do so, in 10 easy steps, is the goal of this presentation.

Rob Jordan is the Executive Director of the Alaska Craftsman Home Program (ACHP), which works to increase energy efficiency standards in commercial and residential buildings throughout Alaska. ACHP offers classes to homeowners, residential contractors, mechanical contractors, energy raters, building inspectors, and real estate agents that encourage energy efficient building and retrofitting techniques. ACHP offers two-hour classes, generously funded by Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, four nights a week that are free to the public. Mr. Jordan has a masters degree in organizational communication and a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

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