Arctic Renewable Energy Working Group

A USARC-Coordinated Working Group

January 20, 2016 | Anchorage, Alaska

Residential Heating in Remote Arctic Villages: Research Needs

The U.S. Arctic Research Commission’s Arctic Renewable Energy Working Group hosted a workshop focused on the research needs for Residential Heating in Remote Arctic Villages. The aim of this workshop was to identify data gaps and research needs related to how heat is used in villages in order to better understand how renewable energy systems, energy efficiency, and education and/or policy level efforts might best address heating needs for remote communities.

WORKSHOP OBJECTIVES: Improve energy efficiency and explore the integration of renewable energy into village heating and electrical approaches.

WORKSHOP REPORT

Residential Heating in Remote Arctic Villages: Research Needs

This report summarizes the first of three planned workshops focused on residential heating in remote Arctic villages. In these communities, the cost of home heating consumes 47% (median value) of annual income for those in the lowest income bracket with the majority of households in rural Alaska depend on fossil fuel to heat their homes. This workshop focused on identifying research needs and data gaps related to how heat is used in villages in order to understand how renewable energy systems, energy efficiencies and education and/or policy level efforts might best address heating needs in remote communities.

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