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Election Reform: Does Alaska Need It?

Wednesday, March 4th

12:00pm-1:00pm

The Petroleum Club of Anchorage

3301 C Street

Katherine Gehl

Next month, Commonwealth North will host Katherine Gehl, a business owner and national speaker who advocates for restoring competition in American politics. She will speak to four pillars of election reform, which are part of a report by Gehl and Dr. Michael Porter of the Harvard Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness. Their report developed recommendations for reform by analyzing the US political system with tools traditionally used to understand competition in for-profit industry.

Following Gehl’s presentation, we will have a panel reflect on her remarks. The panel will include Casey Steinau, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party; Forrest Nabors representing the Alaska Republican Party, and former Alaska Legislator Jason Grenn with Alaskans for Better Elections.

Table sponsorships available.
Contact the CWN office at (907) 258-9522 for details or to pay by phone.

Increasing Power Generation for the Railbelt

Bob Day
Manager of Bradley Lake Hydro
Homer Electric Association

Friday, February 21st

noon-1pm

Alaska Communications Business Technology Center
600 E 36th Avenue
(next to Pita Pit restaurant)
Google map

Download Bob's PowerPoint Presentation.

Bob will discuss the Bradley Lake hydroelectric power generation station and the Battle Creek Diversion and their contribution to Railbelt energy strategies. He will also discuss the SQ Line which was damaged this summer during the wildfires.

The Bradley Creek Diversion Project will divert runoff into Bradley Lake. The project will enable the facility, which currently produces some of the lowest cost power between Homer and Fairbanks, to increase its annual output by about 10% (enough to serve almost 5,500 homes) for the next 80 years. The project is currently underway and is planned to be commissioned by summer of 2020.

Date:
February 12th, 2020
Time:
Noon-1pm
Location:
Petroleum Club of Anchorage 3301 C St.

The Permanent Fund’s

Alaska Investment Program

 

February 12th

12:00pm-1:00pm

The Petroleum Club of Anchorage

3301 C Street

This program has sold out.

Video is available here.

Last year, the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation announced the creation of a $200 million fund to expand infrastructure and create economic opportunities in Alaska. Barings LLC manages half of the fund with a focus on infrastructure and private credit. McKinley Capital Management LLC manages the other half with a focus on private equity.
On February 12th, Commonwealth North welcomes Allen Ruiz, Director of Alternative Investments at Barings, and John Wanamaker, Director of Private Investments at McKinley Capital Management, to describe their firms’ approaches to standing up these funds and seeking qualified in-state investments.
A subsidiary of MassMutual, Barings, LLC is a global investment firm dedicated to meeting the evolving needs of clients and customers. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Barings LLC and its subsidiaries have $325 billion under management and maintain a strong global presence with business and investment professionals located across North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.
McKinley Capital Management, LLC was founded in 1990 and today is the largest private financial services company in Alaska. McKinley currently manages approximately $5 billion worldwide for corporate and public pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, and other institutional investors.
Table sponsorships available.
Contact the CWN office at (907) 258-9522 for details.

Please register in advance, contact CWN office at (907) 258-9522 to pay by phone.

State Retirement System Funding

Mike Barnhill

Deputy Commissioner of Revenue

Alaska Housing Finance Corporation

Friday, February 21st

8am-9am

Deputy Commissioner Mike Barnhill will dial in from Juneau to discuss the funding status of the State’s retirement systems, what guidelines the State uses to determine funding sufficiency, and what the administration recommends to ensure pension obligations are within best practice parameters.

Download his PowerPoint here.

January 29, 2020

February 5th Energy Action Coalition


Topics: Events
Energy Action Coalition
 
Climate Leadership Council’s Carbon Dividend Plan
 
with
Ryan Costello, Managing Director of Americans for Carbon Dividends
Catrina Rorke, Vice President of Research for the Climate Leadership Council
 
 
Wednesday, February 5th
Noon-1pm
 
Alaska USA Federal Credit Union
500 W 36th Avenue
room 201
The Climate Leadership Council is an international policy institute based in Washington, D.C. and was founded to promote a carbon dividends plan to incentivize significant reductions in carbon emissions.
They propose an economy-wide fee on CO2 emissions starting at $40 a ton and increasing every year at 5% above inflation. They believe the plan could cut U.S. CO2 emissions in half by 2035. All net proceeds from this fee would be paid as a dividend to Americans on a quarterly basis to help cover increased energy costs.
The Climate Leadership Council’s climate dividend has been featured by international press and is supported by prominent national policy leaders and major corporations. The purpose of this meeting is to understand the plan and its potential impact on Alaska. We are meeting next Wednesday to accommodate our guest speakers’ schedule as they visit Alaska to discuss their plan.
Fiscal Policy Study Group
Strategies for Inflation-Proofing the Permanent Fund
Craig Richards
Chair of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation Board of Trustees
Friday, January 31st
8am-9am
BP Energy Center
900 E. Benson Blvd.
(Map)
Building opens at 7:45am
Craig will discuss the Permanent Fund’s efforts to optimize the fund to provide a sustainable POMV payment structure and continue our discussion on strategies for inflation-proofing the fund.

 

 

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Energy Action Coalition
ANWR Working Group
Friday, January 24th
Noon-1pm
Alaska Communications Business Technology Center
600 E 36th Avenue
(Next to the Pita Pit)
Join us for a work session to discuss the latest developments regarding lease sales in ANWR.
You may be interested in reviewing CWN’s 1989 report, “An Alaskan View of ANWR“. It includes a board resolution and that supported oil and gas development in the 1002 Area. We realize some of the data in the document may be dated, but the report still represents a valuable perspective from the committee’s 24 month study.
Energy Action Coalition
Willow Solar Farm Project
with
Jenn Miller, CEO
Chris Colbert, CFO
Renewable IPP, LLC
Friday, January 17th
Noon-1pm
Alaska USA Federal Credit Union
500 W 36th Avenue
room 201
Join us for a briefing on the Willow Solar Farm Project. The facility is a 1.2 Megawatt facility consisting of 3,240 solar panels and is the largest solar project in Alaska.

Fiscal Policy Study Group

with

Senator Natasha von Imhof

Representative Jennifer Johnston

Alaska Housing Finance Corporation

4300 Boniface Pkwy

Last Friday ISER Director Ralph Townsend gave a thought-provoking presentation on the policy options and implications for use of Permanent Fund earnings. Of particular interest is the impact that inflation-proofing the fund may have on Fund earnings available in future years. This Friday Rep. Jennifer Johnston, House Finance Committee co-chair, and Sen. Natasha von Imhoff, Senate Finance Co-Chair will join the group to continue this discussion and to share the Legislature’s perspective and considerations on this important policy option.

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Date:
January, 15th, 2020
Time:
noon-1pm
Location:
Petroleum Club of Anchorage 3301 C St.
Join CWN for lunch with Governor Mike Dunleavy
 
Wednesday, January 15th
Noon-1pm
 
The Petroleum Club of Anchorage
3301 C Street
 
(doors open at 11:45am)

This program has sold out.

Watch video of the event.

 Join us for lunch and a conversation with Governor Mike Dunleavy. As the 2020 legislative session approaches, this will be an opportunity for him to reflect on his proposed budget and the upcoming session.

 

Advance registration required, contact CWN office at (907) 258-9522 to pay by phone.



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