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Happy Holidays!

From all of us at Renewable Energy Alaska Project, we wish our members, families and friends a happy holiday season!

 
Dec. 9 Southcentral Energy Forum: Come join the discussion on how to power Southcentral Alaska for the next 50 years. Jim Strandberg, of the Alaska Energy Authority, will talk about the various options and the state’s just released Regional Integrated Resources Plan. The plan analyzes the long-term (50-year) impact of the various options from building an in-state gas line to tapping renewable resources like geothermal and hydroelectric.
6-8 p.m. at the Anchorage Museum auditorium
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Dec. 11 House Energy committee hearing on the House Draft Energy Policy and House Draft Omnibus Energy Bill: These measures are all about energy, energy, energy… like setting a renewable energy goal for Alaska, creating a state Department of Energy, and creating a fund to support testing, research, and development of emerging energy technologies. This is your chance to weigh in before the session starts….MORE

Live from Copenhagen: REAP Executive Director Chris Rose is among the Alaskans attending the climate conference in Copenhagen (Dec. 7 – Dec. 18). Look for his updates on our website at www.REalaska.org and on our blog at realaska.wordpress.com

2010 Business of Clean Energy in Alaska Conference: REAP is in the process of organizing our 2010 Business of Clean Energy in Alaska conference.This year’s conference will pick up where the 2009 conference left off, offering a more Alaska-centric focus on business and policy development of energy efficiency and renewable energy within the state. We are currently compiling the program for the 2010 conference and will be taking suggestions for keynote speakers and panels through the end of the year. For more information, call (907) 929-7770 or click here

Legislative Session: Alaska has the opportunity to be a “first mover” in the commercialization of technologies like biomass gasification, tidal, and energy storage technologies, given our abundant resources and unique needs.  However, to make progress in these areas, Alaska must begin a concerted effort to support research and development like many other states, provinces and countries around the world are doing. An ‘Emerging Energy Technology Development Fund’ could give Alaska an advantage when competing with other states for federal funding programs for green industry and job development that are being launched by President Obama’s administration.Senate Bill 150 would establish an emerging energy technology fund that would be administered by the Alaska Center for Energy and Power, a research branch of the University of Alaska. MORE

Project Developments and News: Many projects have been put in place this year in various regions of Alaska.  Please let REAP know of projects going on in your area.Wind: Kodiak – Three 1.5-megawatt wind turbines installed in July 2009 on Pillar Mountain. The turbines, coupled with a hydropower facility, allow the utility, at times, to be 100% renewable-energy powered. The project is expected to save the utility an estimated $2 million a year by reducing diesel use by about 1 million gallons.

Wind: Hooper Bay – Three 100-kilowatt turbines installed by Alaska Village Electric Cooperative in 2008, commissioned in 2009. The turbines are expected to generate about 600,000 kilowatt hours/year, allowing the utility to forgo the purchase of an estimated 44,500 gallons of diesel fuel a year.
HEADLINES:

Naknek Electric Association receives $12.6M grant for geothermal power

Swan-Tyee electrical intertie in Southeast up and running

TransCanada Announces Plan for Natural Gas Storage Facility in Kenai

Berkeley National Lab Study: Wind power projects have no measurable impact on home value

REAP’s 5th Anniversary Party Recap: REAP’s 5th Anniversary Party and Fundraiser held November 20th was a great success. Held in downtown Anchorage at Snow City Café, the event drew an estimated 250 people over the course of three hours. It provided both a chance for REAP supporters to mingle and meet each other, and an auspicious start to the Holiday season. “Capriccio String Trio” performed classical music throughout the night while attendees enjoyed delicious food prepared by Snow City staff and listened to various REAP members explain why they support the organization. The event also proved to be a successful fundraiser for REAP. Thanks to all who attended and donated to support our mission of increasing the production of renewable energy in Alaska!

Membership Renewal
Want to be part of a growing renewable energy movement?  Keep track of current RE news in Alaska and elsewhere?  Get the inside scoop on the Annual Renewable Energy Fair and Business of Clean Energy in Alaska conference?  Consider joining REAP today, ONLINE, to help us increase the production of renewable energy in the state of Alaska!  Renewable Energy Alaska Project is a 501(c)3 organization so your contribution is tax deductible!  Join or renew today.. MORE

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