Clean Energy in Alaska
With high energy prices afflicting many rural areas, Alaska has the incentive to become a leader in the development of renewable energy resources and expertise. According to the Electric Power Research Institute (www.epri.com), over 50 percent of the nation’s wave energy resources and over 90 percent of the nation’s river current and tidal energy resources are located in Alaska.
Additionally, Alaska has some of the best wind resources in the United States, a large number of volcanoes and hot springs, numerous opportunities for the production of fuel and bioenergy, and receives more sunlight during the summer than the equator.
Because many types of renewable energy resources are developed and utilized locally, Alaska’s lack of energy infrastructure makes renewable energy an ideal means by which communities can generate stably-priced, environmentally responsible energy.
Seven Major Forms of Renewable Energy Resources
There are seven major forms of renewable energy resources, all of which are abundant in Alaska:
Nuclear energy is not considered a renewable energy because it is produced from uranium, a finite resource. Common uses of renewable energy include electricity generation, transportation fuels, and direct heating.