Helpful resources about energy planning, microgrids, renewable energy and energy efficiency for energy champions and community leaders throughout Alaska.

Strategic Energy Planning

A Guide for Rural Alaska Communities

This guide was produced by the Denali Commission to assist communities in developing a comprehensive understanding of local energy use, mapping out long-term goals and prioritizing energy projects that ensure a sustainable, affordable and reliable energy future for rural Alaskans.

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Foundations of Microgrids

Foundations of Microgrids EdX Course

The Resilient and Renewable Grid: How Microgrids are Revolutionizing Energy Systems

This free online course from the Alaska Center of Energy and Power demystifies the concepts of community-scale renewable energy electric generation and integration through animations, step- by-step instruction, and virtual field trips to real-world microgrids. The course covers fundamental concepts of microgrid design from a community-centric perspective and emphasizes a holistic approach to energy systems management.

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Alaska Strategic Energy Plan and Planning Handbook

This handbook, developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy, is a tool for Alaska Native villages and communities to use in achieving energy goals in both the near- and long-term. It intends to help Alaska Native leaders and community members define their unique energy goals and priorities through stakeholder input, dialog and consensus-building. It provides a step-by-step process for Alaska Native villages and communities to use as a roadmap for discussion and decisions related to strategic energy planning and energy project prioritization.

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Home Energy Basics

Home Energy Basics

This online course from the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Bristol Bay Campus helps students understand energy flows in a home and make educated decisions regarding home energy use and production. Its main topics include fundamentals of physics related to home energy, lighting and appliances, energy bills, building science, retrofits, home renewable energy systems and how to decrease fossil fuel consumption of homes.

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