If Alaska can transition to a New Energy economy, surely any state can
May 4, 2010
This is a post by Herman K. Trabish on the New Energy News blog
If Alaska – with its long long nights so demanding of electricity for lights and its cold cold winters so crucially in need of heating – can transition to a New Energy economy, surely any state can. And Alaska Energy Pathway; Toward energy independence, from the Alaska Energy Authority, says yes, Alaska can. Can what? Can meet the state’s goal of getting half its electricity and heating from New Energy sources like hydropower, geothermal and wind by 2025.
Alaska is a uniquely diverse state with a contemporary metropolitan lifestyle in its Railbelt region from Homer to Fairbanks yet practically a developing world lifestyle in its rural outlying communities. Plans for either sector nevertheless settle on the same basic approach: (1) conservation and Energy Efficiency, (2) New Energy to reduce fossil fuel reliance, decrease greenhouse gas emissions (GhGs) and increase energy security, and (3) stable affordable utility rates. Read more