Alaska’s seventh annual Rural Energy Conference takes place this week in Juneau.
The three-day event includes technical workshops on newer technologies, such as wind, tidal, geothermal and biomass. Other sessions focus on funding, permitting and regulations relevant to energy projects. Still others are on hydropower, regional electric grids and efficiency.
Field trips to Juneau power projects are included. So is an Energy 101 session, providing
an overview for people new to the topic.
The event, Tuesday through Thursday at Juneau’s Centennial Hall, is expected to attract several hundred people from dozens of cities and villages.
Last year’s conference was in Fairbanks.
- A whale-watching tour saw more than just whales Wednesday, after helping save a deer from drowning in the ocean.
- Equatorial Pacific Ocean finally shows signs of cooling, but the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea are still extremely warm. Latest research indicates both phenomenon helped with each other's formation between 2013 and 2015.
- The updated geochemical atlas was an outgrowth of another project. Geologists and surveyors were on a mission to find rare earth elements and minerals that could be strategically important to the country.
- During a brief layover Wednesday in Ketchikan on her way to Sitka, Alaska’s Sen. Lisa Murkowski talked about the state’s Republican primary campaign, and about the presidential election.