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Alaska Major Energy Projects Discussion
November 13, 2013
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

PanelOn November 13th at the Dena'ina Center, 11:30am-1:00pm, Commonwealth North will host a panel of experts to discuss the status of major energy projects in Alaska that have received significant state funding. The panel will address the current status of these projects and the key decision points and hurdles these projects face on the way to completion.

The major energy projects to be discussed are:

  • Alaska South Central LNG Project (North Slope producer-led large-volume gas pipeline)
  • Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline (State-sponsored smaller-volume gas pipeline)
  • Alaska Interior Energy Plan (North Slope to Fairbanks LNG trucking)
  • Susitna-Watana hydroelectric project
  • Cook Inlet gas exploration (State investments and tax credits)

Our panel will feature:

Larry Persily will be the moderator for our panel.  He is the Federal Coordinator for an Alaska North Slope natural gas pipeline. Before accepting the presidential appointment in 2010, Mr. Persily worked for more than a decade in Alaska on oil and gas issues for three governors and the state legislature, including the ongoing effort to develop a pipeline to move North Slope natural gas to market.

Tim Bradner is currently a natural resources writer for the Alaska Journal of Commerce and is copublisher, with his brother Mike, of the Alaska Legislative Digest and its sister publication, Alaska Economic Report. Tim has been writing about the petroleum industry since the 1960s and also worked with BP on that company's external affairs staff for several years, leaving BP in 1985 to attend graduate school.

Mark Foster was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska. He received his undergraduate degree in civil engineering from Stanford University where he wrote his senior report on the economics of the Susitna hydro-electric project (1983).  He was an Alaska Public Utilities Commissioner during telecommunications competition and TAPS rate case.  He is currently a consultant in energy, utilities, strategic planning and execution across public and private sector clients and is on the board of directors of AP&T and HydroWest International.  Mr. Foster is currently serving as CFO of the Anchorage School District.

Scott Goldsmith, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He has been a public policy researcher at the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) of the University of Alaska Anchorage since 1975 and was ISER's director from 2001 to 2005. His primary areas of research are, Regional Economic Analysis, Alaska Fiscal Analysis, and Energy and Natural Resources. 

Harry Noah was Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources under Governor Walter Hickel, Project manager for the Bullet Line under Governor Palin, and Manager of the Yukon Pacific Corporation-TAGS project.


Tickets are $20 for members, $35 for non-members.

Note: This luncheon will start earlier than usual. We will begin promptly at 11:30am.


Thank you to our program sponsors




Program Sponsorships Available

GOLD LEVEL ($2,500) - A seat at the head table and priority table and logo placement as well as a Table of 8 at program and recognition at the event, on the Commonwealth North website, and in our Annual Report

SILVER LEVEL ($1,000) - Table of 8 at program and recognition at the event, on the Commonwealth North website, and in our Annual Report


Contact Information:
Aaron Weddle <>
Program Director, Commonwealth North
(907) 258-9522
Name: Dena'ina Center
Address: 600 West Seventh Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501

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