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.
- The PFD veto of $666 million covered a little more than a fifth of the budget gap.
- The CEO of the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority stepped down on Monday. Jeff Jessee served as CEO for 21 years. According to a press release from the organization, he is transitioning to a new role ahead of his planned retirement in three years.
- The Alaska State Commission for Human Rights is the state’s anti-discrimination agency. In 2011, a legislative audit found that the agency wasn’t doing its job. Five years later, the agency is still trying to move forward.