Last week, David Johnson, a partner at William McDonough + Partners, was the opening speaker at the third annual Clean Energy Business in Alaska conference, which was held in Anchorage. Senator Lisa Murkowski and Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell spoke on the same day, April 28.
About the conference:
Held annually, the Business of Clean Energy in Alaska Conference brings together researchers, project developers, business, civic and government leaders from around the state, nation and the world in a strategic and educational forum to share information and ideas for moving Alaska toward a sustainable energy future.
Energy is the lifeblood of our communities, and Alaskans continue to pay some of the highest prices for gas and electricity in the nation despite being the country’s second largest producer of oil. Alaska has tremendous energy efficiency and renewable energy potential. Resources include world-class wind, wave and tidal power, as well as abundant hydro, geothermal and biomass resources–some of which are being tapped today to power communities across the state. Alaska also has over 200 remote stand alone village utilities, not connected by road or transmission line, that provide an incredible opportunity to test and optimize small-scale distributed generation systems that could be exported to developing communities across the world.