Renewable Energy: A great opportunity for Alaska
January 24, 2010
By Alan Bailey at the Petroleum News: Renewable energy isn’t a silver bullet that can somehow immediately replace all use of traditional fuels, but renewable technologies such as wind, solar energy and hydropower must form part of any energy portfolio, Chris Rose, executive director of Renewable Energy Alaska Project, told the Alaska Chamber of Commerce Make it Monday Forum on Jan. 11.
Alaska is at a crossroads, where within the next five years the state needs to make major long-term decisions on its energy future, Rose said. “As a society here we have to be thinking 50 to 100 years down the road,” he said. “A lot of other societies are. They will out compete us if we don’t think that way.”
And within the next 100 years energy will need to become 100 percent renewable — it’s a question of how fast to get there, Rose said. “It’s just a matter of time. The whole world is going to have to be moving this way, and that’s what other places are doing,” he said. Read more(subscription required)
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