Rob Rosenfeld on Renewable Energy


Rob Rosenfeld posted the following comment on our renewable energy thread. Rather than leave it buried there I’m bringing it forward.

Spring is coming to the bush and bringing with it jobs and a return to a cash economy. We will watch with interest how Ann and Vic’s lives change with the season. We will also be shifting our discussion to ways to prevent another winter like this from happening.

Please keep this thread on the topic of renewable energy. If you would like Rob’s views on another topic, let him know and we’ll start other threads. ~ Jane

There is no “silver bullet” for renewable energy

rob-rosenfeld4It is good to see this discussion happening. Check out the December addition of the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council newsletter to see photos and a write up on hydrokinetic (hydroelectric) unit that was installed in Ruby, Alaska on the Yukon River last summer. It is a 5kw unit and has already produced energy. The YRITWC now has funds secured to install a 25kw unit. I have worked for the YRITWC for 12 years. Eleven years has been as the Director in Alaska. I am pleased to say that the tribes are breaking new ground.

There is no “silver bullet” for renewable energy. Therefore we need to diversify as much as possible. I will be talking a great deal about how to do this during my run for Governor of Alaska.

The Natural Gas pipeline is one important ingredient to the solution. Additionally, we should take propane off the pipeline in strategic locations and barge the propane to communities that live on interior Alaskan Rivers. I checked with one of the major barge companies and they see this as viable.

We also need to develop wave, tidal and hydro energy and utilize as much wind and solar as possible. Biofuels will create many jobs and provide energy as well. Willows grow fast in Alaska and can be turned into chips and pellets for burning. The old discarded fuel tanks can be used for storage of the pellets at times.

Let’s keep talking about what is possible.

Rob Rosenfeld is a Democratic candidate for governor of Alaska


4 Responses to “Rob Rosenfeld on Renewable Energy”

  1. Just wondering Says:

    I live in Florida and I’m curious about what is being done in Alaska to develop wave and tidal energy. Do you know of a website with a simple overview of the technology and research that is underway?

    Good luck in Alaska! You play the Politics Game with different rules up there. Never a dull moment.

  2. Rob Rosenfeld Says:

    Hi “Just Wondering”

    The Alaska Energy Authority, Renewable Energy Alaska Project, and The Department of Energy Renewable Energy Director are all places you can check . It is possible that there maybe a tidal study in the Katchemak Bay in the near future. There was also a study about 10 years ago. In any event I know there has been some research and that there are some proposed projects. I am not aware of a proposed wave study as of yet. If I think of anything else I will let you know.

    The State of Alaska allocated 100 million for renewable energy projects in Alaska. The first 50 million was awarded about 2 months ago. Seventy-seven projects were funded. The next round is coming up soon. The list can be obtained on the Alaska Energy Authority website, as they were the pass thru for the money and organized the review committee.

    It is true that there is never a dull moment in AK. I wish it was a bit different and that personalities and influence did no always win out over logic and need.

    Best wishes Rob

  3. Dee Says:

    Rob, What about wind and solar energy development in Alaska? I understand much of Alaska has a rating of 6 and 7 wind regions, especially in the Y-K Delta region. What are the possiblities of utilizing this resource in a cost effective manner? Will the utility companies currently in these regions support this development? Or would River communities be better suited with hydo electric? There are so many questions regarding energy potentials for Alaska, but I think I agree with you……. The key is being creative about the solutions and really understanding what energy development fits best in which location and/or region. Energy solutions in Alaska require diversity, just like our people and communities.

  4. Rob Rosenfeld Says:

    Hi Dee:

    Check out the Renewable Energy Project Website to see the “Wind Atlas” of Alaska that was developed. This will show you where wind is most viable. Solar is of course viable all over. A friend of mine installed some solar units in Arctic Village a few years ago which help power the washateria. They are working great. In fact they tilt towards the snow at a certain time of the day to gain extra energy from the reflection of the snow.

    By the way the Y-K Delta has plenty of wind to go around. A community can obtain a loaner device that will measure the wind in various locations of town. The key is net useful energy. It is critical to deduct the start up and delivery costs from the amount of energy that is produced to get a realistic view as to weather an energy source is viable or not.

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