Arctic Renewable Energy Working Group
A USARC-Coordinated Working Group
Report of the ACEP-USARC Virtual Workshop Held June 16–17, 2020
The Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP) and the US Arctic Research Commission (USARC) hosted a virtual workshop to bring together technical and academic experts and policymakers to share information, research findings, emerging research questions, and best practices relevant to electric vehicles (EVs) in Alaska and the Arctic. Attended by over 400 participants from around the world, the workshop held four panel sessions covering (1) the policy environment, (2) charging behavior, (3) operations and performance, and (4) grid impacts of EVs and EV service equipment. The workshop had a strong focus on cold regions and Arctic-related research.
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This report summarizes the second of three planned workshops focused on residential heating in remote Arctic villages. Following up on the first workshop in the series which identified data gaps and research needs related to home heating needs, this workshop was held to assess and identify progress, prioritize unmet research needs and remaining data gaps, and develop strategies to address outstanding data gaps and research needs.
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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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Updated August 2017
This USARC coordinated working group promotes research on renewable and efficiency energy systems in remote Arctic communities. The working group’s mission is to benefit Arctic communities by identifying and addressing critical renewable energy and energy efficiency research needs. Integration of renewable resources and supporting technologies into a community’s current power generation capacity has the potential to decrease cost to consumers, air pollution, and carbon footprint and increase local employment.
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