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Icelandic energy lessons for Alaska

April 28, 2013

The Alaska Center for Energy and Power has posted an hour long video on a recent visit to Iceland by students/staff.

The Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP) based at the University of Alaska is dedicated to applied energy research and testing focused on lowering the cost of energy throughout Alaska and developing economic opportunities for the State, its residents, and its industries.

Renewable energy provides 100 percent of electricity production, with about 70 percent coming from hydro-power and 30 percent from geothermal power.  About 85% of all houses in Iceland are heated with geothermal energy.

A few of the more interesting observations about energy in Iceland:



Iceland is a small country with a homogeneous population that has attained a high degree of consensus on energy matters. Having a 100% renewable energy is a major accomplishment.

Alaska has a fragmented utility structure and less attractive geothermal potential. It is interesting to observe how the Icelanders have progressed on the energy front.