The 2023 conference explored the future of energy in Alaska and around the world, the intersection of geopolitical upheaval with food and energy security, the latest advancements in renewable power, transmission, and storage, and much more.


The energy transition is all about decarbonization, but how do we replace existing practices and technologies that produce our food and move goods and people around the world? From agriculture to aviation, this track will explore the most promising work toward decarbonization.


Owing to its rugged and isolated place on the planet, Alaska has long had to rely on its own resources to support its people. From critical minerals to carbon storage and harnessing tidal energy, this track will explore the ways Alaska is well-positioned to be a global leader in all phases of the energy transition at home and beyond.


With more than 200 microgrids and a similar number of isolated communities in some of the harshest climates on the planet, Alaska’s successes in remote power generation, cold climate research, and the integration of renewable power north of the Arctic Circle will be explored in this track focused on applying lessons learned here around the world.


Alaska is an all-of-the-above energy state, and this breakout track will examine a wide variety of topics around sustainable energy including public policy, federal incentives and opportunities, logistics, and powering rural communities.

Tuesday, May 23, 2023 | Alaska’s Resources: What Alaska Has to Offer
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM

Registration, Breakfast and Exhibitor Booths Open

8:30 AM – 8:45 AM

Welcome Remarks

Governor Mike Dunleavy, State of Alaska

8:45 AM – 8:55 AM

Welcome Remarks

Senator Dan Sullivan, United States Senate

8:55 AM – 9:55 AM
Research and Resources: Alaska’s Central Role in Global Energy
Erin Whitney, Arctic Energy Office, U.S. Department of Energy

Geoffrey R. Pyatt, U.S. Department of State

Dave Turk, U.S. Department of Energy

9:55 AM – 10:05 AM
Break – Visit Exhibitor Booths

10:05 AM – 10:50 AM

Keynote Address
Ambassador Rahm Emanuel, United States Embassy

10:50 AM – 11:15 AM

Break – Visit Exhibitor Booths
11:15 AM

Press Event

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Decarbonizing Aviation

John Farrell,
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Ashwin Jadhav,

Sean Dolan, Northlink Aviation

Georgy Egorov, ZeroAvia

Critical Mineral Demand in the Energy Transition

Karen Matthias,
Council of Alaska Producers

Ramzi Fawaz,
Ambler Metals LLC

Lance Miller,
NANA Regional Corporation

Anthony Huston, Graphite One

Cold Climate Solutions

Tim Leach,
Launch Alaska

Michelle Wilber,
Alaska Center for Energy & Power, UAF

Raymond Byrne, Sandia National Labs

Opportunities and Incentives: Making the Most of U.S. Energy Policy

Chris Fletcher, National Governor’s Association

Kalb Stevenson, Axiom Environmental

Andrew McDonnell, Alaska Renewables

Andy Berke, USDA Rural Development

12:15 PM – 12:30 PM
Break – Visit Exhibitor Booths
12:30 PM – 1:35 PM

The Intersection of Research Within Energy and Food Security

President Pat Pitney, University of Alaska

Kip Tom, Tom Farms

1:35 PM – 1:50 PM
Break – Visit Exhibitor Booths
1:50 PM – 2:50 PM

Decarbonizing Marine Shipping

Michael Lammert,
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Katherine Keith, Department of Transportation & Public Facilities

Samantha Galltin, Fleet Zero

Chandler Kemp, UAF Bristol Bay Campus

Harnessing Alaska’s Geothermal Potential

Arlo Hannigan, Kawerak/Unaatuq

Paul Craig,
GeoAlaska, LLC

John Eichelberger,
Alaska Center for Energy & Power, UAF

Nicholas Goodman,
Cyrq Energy

Amanda Toerdal, Kawerak, Inc.

Innovative Storage Solutions

Jeremy Kasper, Alaska Center for Energy and Power

Laurent Nassif,
Renewable Solutions

Robert P. Bernard, Westinghouse

Dan McIntosh, Cordova Electric Cooperative

Decarbonizing Ground Transportation

Chris Gearhart, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Audrey Alstrom, Alaska Energy Authority

John Lyons, ConocoPhillips

Katie Koester, City & Borough of Juneau

2:50 PM – 3:10 PM
Break – Visit Exhibitor Booths
3:10 PM – 4:10 PM

From Measurements to Markets: Monetizing Carbon

Justin Freeman, Coffman

John Boyle, Alaska Department of Natural Resource

Reg Manhas, Lapis Energy

George Potts, Hartree Partners

4:10 PM – 4:45 PM

The Evolution of the Energy Transition

Jesse Noffsinger, McKinsey & Company

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Alaska Railroad Excursion

Wednesday, May 24, 2023 | Building the Future
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Registration, Breakfast and Exhibitor Booths Open
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM

The Alaska Standard: Inaugural Sustainability Report

Jeff Gibbons, Bridge House Advisors

8:30 AM – 9:45 AM
Investing in the Future
Macky Tall, Carlyle

Francis O’Sullivan, S2G Ventures

Michael Sachs, Goldman Sachs

Marcus Frampton, Permanent Fund Corporation

David Boyce, Schroders

Cathy Woollums, Berkshire Hathaway

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM

The Nuclear Option: Is Micronuclear Right for Alaska?
Marcus Nichol, Nuclear Energy Institute

Joshua L. Parker, BWXT Advanced Technologies

Cristian Rabiti, Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation

Michael Valore, Westinghouse Electric Company

Mark Cheeseman, Rolls-Royce

10:45 AM – 11:05 AM
Break – Visit Exhibitor Booths
11:05 AM – 12:05 PM
Controlled Environment: Increasing Food Security and Nutrition with Reduced Resources

Melissa Heuer, Spork Consulting

Jamie Boring,
Vertical Harvest Hydroponics

Amy Foote,
Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, NANA Management Services

Lorrie Irwin,
Space Farming Institute

Developing Hydrokinetic Energy in Alaska

Ben Loeffler,
University of Alaska Fairbanks

Stuart Davies,
Ocean Renewable Power Company

Levi Kilcher,
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Utility Planning: Growing Capacity and Improving Performance

Katie Conway,
Denali Commission

Chris McConnell,
Renewable Energy of Alaska Project

Dan Smith,
Office of Indian Energy Policy & Programs

Justin Tuomi,
Alaska Energy Authority

Arctic Energy Partnerships

Dayne Broderson, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Annalise Klein, Alaska Center for Energy and Power, UAF

Greg Poelzer, University of Saskatchewan

12:05 PM – 12:30 PM
Break – Visit Exhibitor Booths

12:30 PM – 1:45 PM

Increasing Production & Minimizing Impact: Alaska’s Environmental Footprint

Kara Moriarty, Alaska Oil & Gas Association

Abhijit Dandekar, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Mike Driscoll, ConocoPhillips

Frank Richards, Alaska Gasline Development Corporation

Bruce Dingeman, Santos

1:45 PM – 2:00 PM

Break – Visit Exhibitor Booths

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Sustainable Agriculture Practices

Bryan Scoresby, Alaska Division of Agriculture

David Muth Jr.,
Peoples Company Capital Markets

Casey Matney, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Bryce Wrigley, Alaska Flour Company

Mariculture: Beyond Food

Julie Decker,
Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation

Simon Freeman,

Matthew Perkins,
Macro Oceans

Justin Sternberg,
Alaska Blue Economy Center

Marc von Keitz, Grantham Foundation

Sophie Chu, Captura

Prioritization and Preparation: The Role of Data

Chris Rose, Renewable Energy Alaska Project

Rebecca Garrett,
Alaska Energy Authority

Dustin Madden,
ANTHC Rural Energy Program

Erin Trochim,
Alaska Center for Energy & Power, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Alaska’s Strategic Location

Randy Ruaro, Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority

Ryan Anderson, Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities

Rebecca Clark, Remora App

David Karp, Saltchuk

3:00 PM – 3:15 PM

Break – Visit Exhibitor Booths

3:15 PM – 4:00 PM

A Governor’s Discussion on The Energy Transition

Kassia Yanosek, McKinsey & Company

Governor Mike Dunleavy, State of Alaska

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Global Investors: Investing Across Asset Classes

Steve Moseley, Wafra, Inc.

Colin le Duc, Generation Investment Management

Ali Al-Saffar, Rockefeller Foundation

Teresa Mattamouros, EQT Partners

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Networking Reception and Alaska Student Showcase

Thursday, May 25, 2023 | What’s on the Horizon?
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Registration, Breakfast and Exhibitor Booths Open
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Emerging Technologies Powering the Energy Transition – Micronuclear, Hydrogen, and Beyond

Gwen Holdmann, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Jennifer Gordon, Atlantic Council

Richard Voorberg, Siemens Energy

Tom Hsieh, Northern Pacific Airways

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

AI and its Role in the Energy Transition
Alexander Lavin, Pasteur Labs & Institute for Simulation Intelligence

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Building a 100% Renewable Microgrid North of the Arctic Circle
Brett Pingree, EWT, America’s

Tom Atkinson, Kotzebue Electric Association

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Break – Visit Exhibitor Booths
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

The Bioeconomy: A Vital Market for the Conversion of Biomass into Biofuels, Biomaterials and Bioactives

Michael Lavin,
Germin8 Ventures

Patrick Boyle,
Ginkgo Bioworks

Jim Flatt,

Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage

Christine Resler,
ASRC Energy Services

Ran Narayanasamy,
Petroleum Technology Research Center

Gideon Powell, Cholla Ventures

Nick Cooper, Storegga

Lorali Simon, Usibelli Coal Mine

Glen Bailey, Carbon Clean

Cybersecurity on the Power Grid

Mark Merchant,
Mucipality of Anchorage

Ron Duvall,
Alaska Electric Light & Power

Kevin Hinrichs,
Federal Bureau of Investigation

Jeff Myers,
Matanuska Electric Association, Inc

Rural Energy in Alaska

Garrett Boyle,
Denali Commission Federal

Dave Messier,
Tanana Chiefs Conference

Tim Sandstrom, Alaska Energy Authority

Jodi Mitchell, Inside Passage Electric Cooperative

11:30 AM – 11:45 AM
Break – Visit Exhibitor Booths
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Lunch Keynote Address

Daniel Yergin, S&P Global

1:00 PM – 1:15 PM

Break – Visit Exhibitor Booths

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM

Plenary Presentation:
The Consumer Revolution

Chris Rose, Renewable Energy Alaska Project

Bert Hunter, CT Green Bank

Alaska Solar

Andy Romanoff, Alaska Heat Smart

Growing Assets: Tools and Technologies for Forest Carbon Management

Susan Su,
Toba Capital

Carsten Brinkschulte, Dryad Networks GmbH

Indra den Bakke, Overstory

L. Monika Moskal, University of Washington

Overcoming Challenges of Scale and Cost Through Regionalization

Michael Rovito,
Alaska Power Association

Ingemar Mathiasson,
Northwest Arctic Borough

Robert Venables,
Southeast Conference

DeerStone Consulting

Brian Hirsch,
DeerStone Consulting

Heat Pumps in Cold Climates

Dominique Pride, Alaska Center for Energy & Power, UAF

Robbin Garber Slaght, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Mark D. Houston, The Comforts Of Home, LLC

2:15 PM – 2:30 PM

Break – Visit Exhibitor Booths

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Venture Capital

Gabrielle Rubenstein, Manna Tree Partners

Brian Tochman, Trust Ventures

Peter Corsell, I Squared Capital

James McIntyre, Moore Strategic Ventures

Kellie Metcalf, EnCap Investments L.P.

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Alaska Railbelt Utilities

4:30 PM – 4:45 PM

Closing Remarks
Governor Mike Dunleavy, State of Alaska

4:45 PM – 6:00 PM

Closing Reception