Alaska Diary | Energy conferences will focus on innovative solutions to Alaska’s energy problems

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Four days of conferences in Anchorage will focus on finding solutions to Alaska’s energy challenges starting May 23.

In-person events will focus on renewable energy opportunities to reduce high electricity prices, innovative ideas such as geothermal and nuclear to support rural towns, and ways to deliver energy more efficiently by Alaska, among other topics.

Investment experts familiar with project finance opportunities will also speak at the events, said Givey Kochanowski, senior adviser for the Arctic Energy Office in Alaska, part of the US Department of Energy.

The Department of Energy on Monday, May 23, will kick off the conferences with a one-day event called ArcticX. The conference will bring together Alaskans and federal energy officials focused on different technologies, Kochanowski said.

Geraldine Richmond, Under Secretary for Science and Innovation at the Department of Energy, will be the keynote speaker. Rob Gillam of Alaska investment firm McKinley Capital Management will be another.

On May 24, the state will host the Alaska Sustainable Energy Conference, with three days of panels focusing on energy policy, projects and solutions.

Keynote speakers will include former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and former Energy Secretary Rick Perry, both appointed by former President Donald Trump. They will appear virtually. Another keynote speaker will be Bill Ritter Jr., former governor of Colorado and director of the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University.

The event will also feature experts who have hands-on experience with Alaska’s expensive, carbon-based energy supplies, such as Clay Koplin, former mayor of Cordova and general manager of Cordova Electric Cooperative, who put the emphasis on the use of renewable energy in the community of Prince William Sound. .

Governor Mike Dunleavy announced the conference in February. A key sponsor is the Alaska Center for Energy and Power, along with the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Both events will take place at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center.

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