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2024 Dates, Topics and Workshop Descriptions

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WORKSHOP 1: Utility Decision-Making: Navigating Constraints, Innovating for the Future

Name: Utility Decision-Making: Navigating Constraints, Innovating for the Future
Dates: Tuesday, March 5 and Wednesday, March 6, 2024
Location: Virtual via Zoom
Cost: Free to attend, must register in advance

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UTILITY DECISION-MAKING DAY 1 RECORDING

UTILITY DECISION-MAKING DAY 2 RECORDING

WORKSHOP 2: Transmission and Distribution: The Clean Energy Transitions Secret Weapon
Name: Transmission and Distribution: The Clean Energy Transitions Secret Weapon
Dates: Tuesday, April 2 and Wednesday, April 3, 2024
Location: Virtual via Zoom
Cost: Free to attend, must register in advance

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WORKSHOP 3: Betting Big: Investing in Emerging Energy Technology

Name: Betting Big: Investing in Emerging Energy Technology
Dates: Tuesday, May 7 and Wednesday, May 8, 2024
Location: Virtual via Zoom
Cost: Free to attend, must register in advance

2023 Dates, Topics and Workshop Descriptions

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WORKSHOP 1: Low Carbon Energy Transitions: Lessons Learned from Global Pathfinders

Name: Low Carbon Energy Transitions: Lessons Learned from Global Pathfinders
Dates: 
Tuesday, March 7th and Wednesday, March 8th, 2023
Location: Virtual via Zoom
Cost: Free to attend, must register in advance
Description: Globally, many countries are striving to transition to lower carbon sources of energy. This transition has been economically and technologically challenging for many nations, but there are exceptions. Countries such as Iceland (geothermal), Denmark (wind), and France (nuclear) have been pathfinders – navigating this transition early, and making remarkable transformations in their energy supply in a relatively short period of time. This workshop will dive into the specific and varied experiences of these three countries. What were the drivers that set these nations on alternative energy paths? And what role did national policy, innovation and technology development play in helping navigate successful transitions?

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ENERGY TRANSITIONS DAY 1 RECORDING

ENERGY TRANSITIONS DAY 2 RECORDING

WORKSHOP 2: Carbon Capture and Sequestration: The Myth and the Reality

Name: Carbon Capture and Sequestration: The Myth and the Reality
Dates: Tuesday, April 11th and Wednesday, April 12th, 2023
Location: Virtual via Zoom
Cost: Free to attend, must register in advance
Description: Carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS) covers the suite of technologies used to capture carbon dioxide from stationary point sources, industrial processes, or the atmosphere, and then transport it to either 1) utilize for other beneficial use, or 2) inject deep underground into subsurface formations for permanent storage. Although based on decades-old technology in the oil and gas sector, emissions reduction goals and changes to the federal tax code have ignited a growing wave of implementation on the international scale. Join us for this conversation to learn from project developers, subject matter experts, and regulators to address the myths and realities of this industry and discuss the potential role it may play in Alaska in the coming years.

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CCUS DAY 1 RECORDING

CCUS DAY 2 RECORDING

WORKSHOP 3: Energy Storage: Beyond Lithium-Ion Batteries
Name: Energy Storage: Beyond Lithium-Ion Batteries
Dates: Tuesday, May 9th and Wednesday, May 10th, 2023
Location: Virtual via Zoom
Cost:Free to attend, must register in advance
Description: Energy storage is a key enabling technology to help unlock the power of variable renewable resources (such as wind and solar energy) and to expand utilization of electric power for emerging applications (such as electric vehicles). At present, lithium-ion batteries are a leading storage technology, but they are both costly and contain materials that raise lifecycle concerns. What are alternative storage options that could provide alternatives to conventional battery technologies – such as hydrogen, flow batteries, gravity storage, pumped hydro, iron batteries, or even a thermal battery that stores energy in sand? Do any of these approaches offer the key to longer-duration storage solutions, including seasonal storage?

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ENERGY STORAGE DAY 1 RECORDING

ENERGY STORAGE DAY 2 RECORDING

2022 Dates, Topics and Workshop Descriptions

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FEBRUARY 1ST – 2ND | Nuclear Energy in Alaska: The Issues, The Opportunities

Industry and government efforts worldwide are seeking to field a new generation of small nuclear reactors as combined heat and power resources. What unknowns exist that would need to be resolved in order to determine whether this technology could play a significant role in Alaska’s future energy mix? This workshop is organized in a way to help address some of the questions and concerns of Alaskans related to nuclear energy, organized around four key themes:

1. Does the technology exist?
2. Is it safe?
3. Is it economic?
4. Is it environmentally and socially responsible?

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Nuclear Energy in Alaska Day 1

Nuclear Energy in Alaska Day 2

March 1ST – 2ND | Going with the Flow: Ocean and River Energy

Alaska is estimated to have 90% of U.S. tidal energy resources and 50% of the U.S. wave energy and in-river energy resources. A number of small-scale test deployments and demonstration projects have been installed in Alaska over the past decade, but challenges to large-scale adoption remain. Globally:

  • What is the current and emerging status of hydrokinetic energy technologies?
  • What are the key challenges for their implementation in Alaska?
  • What are the applicable lessons learned with other variable renewables?
  • How do Alaska use-case scenarios compare with those elsewhere?

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Ocean and River Energy in Alaska Day 1

Ocean and River Energy in Alaska Day 2

APRIL 5TH – 6TH | Hydrogen in the “Hy” North: Decarbonizing Fuels

Domestically and internationally, interest and investment are growing rapidly in the use of hydrogen and hydrogen carriers (like ammonia) for energy storage, power generation, and transportation.

  • What exactly is happening with hydrogen elsewhere in the nation and the world?
  • What are the economic, policy and technology drivers (and constraints) for its implementation in the Alaska context?
  • Are there regional or scale considerations related to its adoption?
  • Could Alaska someday export hydrogen as an energy commodity?

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Hydrogen in the “Hy” North Day 1

Hydrogen in the “Hy” North Day 2

MAY 3RD – 4TH | Electrify EVERYTHING!?

This workshop will build on the foundation established at the recent Electrify Alaska! Conference in Cordova. Ongoing efforts across the state are exploring cold climate heat pumps, dispatchable thermal loads, and electric vehicles of many types (even airplanes!).

  • What best practices are emerging?
  • What makes something work in one location and not another?
  • How can these systems enhance microgrid electrical and financial performance?
  • What don’t we know about space and water heating requirements?
  • Are there lessons learned from rural AK that could be applied in more urban markets, like the Railbelt?

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Electrify EVERYTHING!? Day 1

Electrify EVERYTHING!? Day 2