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
It 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