Commonwealth North is Alaska's premier non-partisan public policy forum.
Join us to learn more about critical policy issues facing Alaska.
The Energy Policy Study Group examines public policy issues related to Alaska oil and gas industry and public utilities. This group is co-chaired by Mary Ann Pease and Bernie Smith. The focus of the group in recent years has been exploring emerging energy issues and tracking policy changes in traditional energy sectors.
|March 10, 2023||Makushin Geothermal Project Update||Bernie Karl||Session Recording
Slide Deck (large file)
|February 16, 2023||Energy Frontiers: Microreactors, Storage, and More||Rob Bernard|
|December 15, 2022||Green Hydrogen: How it can fuel Alaska's future.||Isaac Vanderburg|
Dr. Erin Whitney
Slide Deck - Whitney, ACEP / UAF
Slide Deck - Barnes, ZeroAvia
|November 4, 2022||The Politics of Energy||Larry Persily||Session Recording
Slide Deck - Persily
|October 14, 2022||Arctic Road Rally||Tim Leach||Session Recording
Slide Deck - Leach
|October 7, 2022||Kodiak Electric Association: Renewables, Innovations, and Challenges||Darron Scott||Session Recording
Slide Deck - Scott
|September 9, 2022||Energy Economics: A Discussion of Energy Options for Southcentral Alaska||Mark Foster||Session Recording
|February 25, 2022||Chugach Electric Association: Update - Outlook - Innovations||Arthur Miller||Session Recording
|February 18, 2022||Alaska LNG Project||Nick Szymoniak||Session Recording
|January 28, 2022||Best Practices for Transmission and Power Pooling: Lessons from the Pacific Northwest||Scott Waples||Session Recording
|December 17, 2021||Alaska's Utilities and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act||Crystal Enkvist|
|07/13/2021||High Altitude Wind Energy: Kite Technology||Richard Illi, Chief Engineer||Session Recording
|06/18/2021||Electric Vehicles in Alaska||Shaina Kilcoyne|
Slide Deck - Kilcoyne
Slide Deck - Shein
Slide Deck - Skaling
|06/04/2021||Makushin Geothermal: Powering the Future in Unalaska||Erin Reinders|
|Slide Deck - Reinders
Slide Deck - Matthews
|05/21/2021||Innovation at a Rural Electric Cooperative: What's in the Water in Cordova?||Clay Koplin||Session Recording
|05/07/2021||Small-scale Nuclear Power: Will it Work in Alaska?||Gwen Holdmann|
ACEP - Holdmann Slide Deck
UACED - Johnson Slide Deck
Launch Alaska - Vanderburg Slide Deck
|04/09/2021||Power Cost Equalization||Meera Kohler||Session Recording
|4/2/21||Bradley Lake Hydro Electric Project, SQ Line||Tony Izzo, General Manager, Matanuska Electric Association||Session Recording
|03/12/21||Creating a Railbelt Reliability Council: Reducing Cost, Increasing Efficiency||Julie Estey, MEA|
Chris Rose, REAP
|3/5/21||Update on the ML&P Acquisition||Lee Thibert, CEO of the Chugach Electric Association||Session Recording|
|2/26/21||Innovative Energy Solutions for Alaska - Alaska Center for Energy and Power||Gwen Holdmann, Director||Session Recording|
|12/18/20||Furie Operating Alaska, Briefing and Outlook||John Hendrix||Session Recording|
|12/4/20||Blue Fuels: The market potential and financial implications for Alaska's energy outlook||Mark Foster||Session Recording|
|8/11/20||Potential of River and Tidal Hydropower for Rural Alaska||Stuart Davies, CEO, ORPC||Slide Deck|
|9/7/20||Usibelli's Biomass Project||Rob Brown, Vice President of Business Development, Usibelli||Slide Deck|
|7/10/20||Emerging Renewable Energy Initiatives in Alaska.||Isaac Vanderburg, CEO||Slide Deck|
|6/26/20||Energy Supply and Opportunities||John Sims, President, ENSTAR Natural Gas Company|
|6/12/20||Outlook on energy projects given the impact of COVID-19.||Curtis Thayer, Executive Director, Alaska Energy Authority|
|6/5/20||COVID-19 Impact on Alaska's Oil and Gas Industry||Justin Black, Deputy Director, Division of Oil and Gas|
|4/3/20||Global Oil Market Update||Larry Persily, Oil and Gas Columnist|
|2/28/20||Creating the Railbelt Reliability Council||Julie Estey, Director of External Affairs, Matanuska Electric Association|
|2/21/20||Increasing Power Generation for the Railbelt||Bob Day, Manager of Bradley Lake Hydro, Homer Electric Association||Slide Deck|
|2/17/20||Willow Solar Farm Project||Jenn Miller, CEO|
Chris Colbert, CFO
Renewable IPP, LLC
|1/10/20||Reducing the Cost of Energy in Alaska||Curtis Thayer, Executive Director, Alaska Energy Authority||Slide Deck|
This 2012 report clarifies the current state of production, fuel transportation, and consumption of energy in rural Alaska and offers long-term, viable, cost-effective solutions to those challenges.
Transportation and energy infrastructure development in Alaska is at a crossroads. The vitality of the economy and the well-being of Alaskans are at stake. Decisive action must be taken now to develop integrated systems.
The Board of Directors and members engaged in a seventeen week targeted study that evaluated the primary public policy concerns associated with Alaska’s oil tax structure. It was determined that the current oil production tax adversely affects investment in oil production on the North Slope and progressivity should be modified.
Commonwealth North commissioned this study to evaluate solutions and facilitate dialogue relevant to energy policy throughout Alaska and develop guidelines and recommendations for a secure energy future. Alaska is rich in natural energy sources and yet many Alaskans struggle to meet rising energy costs.
The Governor, his staff and consultants have worked over two years to negotiate a contract with the major gas producers to bring the North Slope gas to market. Agreements included in the proposed contract raise several major public policy issues for the State of Alaska.