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Banking on ‘green’ for energy independence

Juneau Empire Summary With the aim of increasing the state’s energy independence, Gov. Mike Dunleavy introduced a bill last week that would create a so-called “green bank” to help fund sustainable energy projects in the state. Alaska has similar investment programs for other industries,...

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Alaska’s Coal Producer, Usibelli Mines, Expands Into Biomass to Serve Interior Energy Markets

Anchorage Press Summary Alaska’s sole coal producer, Usibelli Mines, Inc. is expanding into biomass, using wood from Interior Alaska’s vast forests. The company announced Friday that it has acquired Superior Pellet Fuels of Fairbanks, a manufacturer of wood pellets and compressed...

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Alaska district-heating project with CO2 heat pumps underway

Michael Garry, R774 Summary A grant-supported district-heating system in Seward, Alaska, that employs six water-source Mayekawa CO2heat pumps is expected to be completed by the end of 2019, according to the energy consultant working on the project. The heat pumps will provide heating to...

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UAF power plant nearing completion

Erin McGroarty, Daily News-Miner Instead of cutting a red ribbon or scooping dirt with a golden shovel, dignitaries flipped a ceremonial switch Wednesday afternoon to usher in nearly-complete combined heat and power plant at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. UAF followed the brief...

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CampusEnergy2013 Student Video Contest Winner: University of Alaska Fairbanks

Summary Launched in 2012, the Campus Energy Student Video Contest challenges students from IDEA member institutions to create a short video about their campus energy plant, focused on district energy and/or combined heat and power (CHP). The 2013 winner from the University of Alaska Fairbanks...

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Don't Freeze in the Dark - The University of Alaska Fairbanks CHP Story

Summary The University of Alaska Fairbanks started the process to replace aging coal boilers in 2004. The process started with exploring many fuel and technology options. The final recommendation was for a Circulating Fluidized Bed boiler fueled with coal and capable of burning 15% biomass....


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Murkowski’s message at AFN? “Climate change is real.”

Rachel Waldholz, KTOO Public Media Sen. Lisa Murkoski addresses the Alaska Federation of Natives on Oct. 21, 2017. (Photo by Zachariah Hughes / Alaska Public Media) Summary On stage at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention Saturday, Sen. Lisa Murkowski did not mince words. ...

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How Did the University of Alaska Fairbanks Get a New CHP Plant?

Summary The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) is constructing a new CHP plant to replace 50 year old coal boilers with new coal/biomass boilers. The project has obtained an air permit and full funding and is currently under design. This presentation will cover planning, permitting, funding...

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Arctic climate change researchers still conflicted over UAF’s coal-fired powerplant

Tim Ellis, KUAC - Fairbanks Summary The University of Alaska Fairbanks, a member of IDEA, is building a heat and power plant to replace the old facility that went into service in 1964. The new $245 million powerplant, scheduled to come online next year, will feature updated technology that...

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Innovative Seawater Heat Pump District Heating-Juneau, Alaska

Summary Juneau Hydropower & Juneau District Heating with Emerson Climate Technologies will present on a district heating solution using a sea water heat pump system fueled by clean hydropower. This innovative technology suite being deployed will significantly lower the heating costs in...