Past EFAA Meetings

Kurt Parkan of Donlin Gold presented an overview of the Donlin Gold project on 12/19/17 at Energy for All Alaska. You can access a copy of Kurt's presentation here or watch the meeting here.

Presentation highlights included:

  • Donlin Gold Overview
  • Community Engagement
  • Project Timeline
  • Donlin Challenges Ahead
  • Impacts of Salmon Initiative

Gene Therriault, AGDC Government Affairs and Legislative Liaison, presented an Alaska LNG Update on 12/12/17 at Energy for All Alaska. you can access a copy of Gene's presentation here or download a youtube video of the meeting here. 

Presentation highlights included:

  • China agreement; implications for Alaska resource development
  • Alaska LNG system -- economic overview
  • Regulatory update
  • Budget update
  • Next steps

On 12/5/17, Sarah Obed of Doyon Limited presented on the Stand for Alaska campaign.

You can access a copy of Sarah's presentation here or download a .wav file of the meeting here later today.

Presentation highlights included:

  • Timeline Overview
  • Introduce Stand for Alaska
  • Introduce HB 199
  • Introduce 17FSH2
  • Discuss Next Steps
  • Discuss Impact of Policy Change
  • Why Doyon opposes the bill and the initiative


Alex James, UAA Associate Professor of Economics, presented on 11/28 to Energy for All Alaska. Alex has a pool of research on resource development topics and presented on the Resource Curse: A Statistical Mirage?"

You can access a copy of Alex' presentation here or download a .wav file of the meeting here.

Presentation highlights include:

  • Other research/explanations of the resource curse
  • Resource drag vs. resource curse
  • Institutional quality & the resource curse
  • Opportunities for future research

On 11/21/17, Kevin Blanchard presented on the 

F-35 Beddown at Eielson AFB.

You can access a copy of Kevin's PowerPoint here.

Presentation highlights:

  • Strategic
    • US & USAF – Access to Pacific/European Theaters and Arctic
    • FBNSB – Solidifies Eielson’s Long-Term Importance
  • Operational
    • US/USAF – Two Additional Deployable Fighter Squadrons
    • FBNSB – Additional Personnel/Families (Economy, Schools, Housing, Employees)
  • Tactical
    • USAF – Best Training/Highest Readiness Potential of any F-35s
    • FBNSB – Boon to commercial construction & housing market but some “growing pains” with housing, schools, etc.

On 11/14/2017, Piper Foster Wilder presented on 60Hertz Energy,  a renewable energy microgrid company based in Anchorage. 

60 Hertz exists to provide financing and operations & maintenance solutions to achieve energy goals in rural areas of Alaska.

You can access a copy of Piper's PowerPoint here.

Presentation highlights:

  • 60Hertz products
  • Process for selecting communities to invest in
  • Way forward and investor opportunities

You can contribute to the 60Hertz Indigogo campaign here.


Art Nash, Alaska Energy Specialist with the UAF School of Natural Resources and Extension presented "Biochar: Energy generation and many other applications" on Tuesday, November 7th.

Here is his PowerPoint presentation.

Presentation highlights:

  • Biochar production
  • Identifying quality biochar
  • Biochar research in agriculture
  • Future applications in Interior Alaska


Ben Loeffler, Fairbanks North Star Borough's Energy Management Engineer presented "Using data to lower and stabilize energy costs" on Tuesday, October 31st.

You can access a recording of his presentation here.

Here is his PowerPoint presentation.

Presentation Goals:

  • Share information about EDA funded work.
  • Methods and techniques may be applied by local businesses to improve energy efficiency, lower costs, and increase competitiveness.


Special thanks to the Alaska Center for Energy and Power for providing the task force a Power Systems Integration Lab tour on Tuesday. Jeremy VanderMeer and Nick Konefal gave us an overview of their work and answered lots of questions. If you missed our tour and would like to arrange another, call Nick at (907) 388-1286 or email



Chris Rose, Executive Director of Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP) offered an overview of his organization's work on Tuesday, October 17th.

You can access a recording of his presentation here (the audio starts at 3:33).

And here's a copy of his PowerPoint presentation.

  • Founded in 2004, REAP is a statewide non-profit coalition of over 80 electric utilities, Alaska Native Corporations, clean energy developers, businesses and other NGOs.
  • REAP’s mission is to increase renewable energy development and promote energy efficiency in Alaska
  • Energy is the Lifeblood of any Community or Project



Jomo Stewart, General Manager of Interior Gas Utility, provided an update on the Interior Energy Project on Tuesday, October 10th. 

You can download an audio recording of his presentation here (courtesy of Dan Bross, KUAC).

You can also access a copy of Jomo's PowerPoint presentation here.

Key Topics of Discussion:

  • AIDEA HB 105 Resolution
  • Pentex Acquisition
  • Next Steps



On Tuesday, October 3rd Kristina Woolston with Quintillion presented "The race to the future: How an Alaska fiber optic company is helping remote communities catch up."

You can access a recording of her presesentation here.

And here is a copy of Kristina's PowerPoint presentation.


  • In the last two years Quintillion has installed 900+ miles of fiber-optic cable from Nome, Kotzebue, Point Hope, Wainwright, Utqiagvik and Prudhoe Bay.
  • Substantially expands high-speed (30 terabits per second) broadband capability in the North American Arctic--a new and emerging market
  • They provide wholesale capacity; other companies will provide retail connectivity to rural communities
  • There have been no failures or issues in test mode--monitored 24/7 since 2016
  • The system will go live this December
  • Quintillion is now looking at Phase 2, laying cable to Tokyo. Phase 3 involves laying cable to Europe.



Cory Borgeson with GVEA presented on "Rates for the Future" on Tuesday, September 26th. 

You can access a recording of his presentation here.

Here is a copy of Cory's PowerPoint presentation.

Here is the handout provided to meeting attendees, and here is the Petroleum News article about the Delta Wind Farm.

  • GVEA filed its general rate case in December 2016, requesting the RCA’s approval for a 1.3% decrease to total rates ($3 million).
  • GVEA is committed to the successful and safe restart of Healy Unit 2.
  • GVEA continues to work with the Commission, DWF, and the Attorney General’s Office as the Delta Wind Farm process moves forward.



Douglas Bennion with Quad-Lock highlighted the latest advancements in insulated concrete forming for high-performance thermal shells and disaster-resistant structures, including net-zero energy buildings on Tuesday, September 19th.

You can access a recording of his presentation here.

And here is a copy of Douglas' PowerPoint presentation.

• Discuss the environmental impact of buildings and links
to existing value paradigm
• Discuss how ICF buildings comply with established
building design criteria and energy codes
• Explain how ICF/Concrete walls, floors, and roofs are
constructed on-site.
• Examine case studies, including a multi-family cost of
ownership example




Scott Hawkins with Advanced Supply Chain International LLC provided a presentation entitled "Economic Growth is at Hand: Here's How We Get There" on Tuesday, September 12th.

Key Points
• Engines of Economic Recovery and Growth are Real and Attainable
• It’s All About the Policy Vision
Economic: New (old) approaches
Fiscal: Forge a new consensus
• Simple Steps to a Bright Future



Gail Mosey with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory offered an overview of about NREL’s Jobs and Economic Development Impact (JEDI) models on Tuesday, August 29th. This is a user-friendly tool that estimates the economic impacts of constructing and operating power generation and biofuel plants at the local and state levels.

You can access a recording of her presentation here.

And here is a copy of Gail's PowerPoint presentation.

Lastly, you can access JEDI for free here to analyze the economic impacts of constructing and operating power generation plants using biofuels, coal, concentrating solar power, geothermal, marine and hydrokinetic power, natural gas, and photovoltaic power plants.


Matt Bergan with Kotzebue Electric Association provided an overview of KEA's fuel reduction projects on Tuesday, August 8th. You can access a recording of his presentation here (the meeting starts 3 minutes 50 seconds in).



Tashina Duttle with ANTHC’s Rural Energy Initiative presented an overview of that program on Tuesday, August 1st. The Rural Energy Initiative's goal is for basic sanitation to be efficient, sustainable and affordable.

The program works directly with rural communities to improve the sustainability and lower operating costs of rural sanitation systems and health care facilities across Alaska.



Bill Thomson, Operations Manager, provided an overview of Alaska Village Electric Cooperative on Tuesday, July 25th.

Here is a copy of his PowerPoint presentation.


John Glassmire, Director of Energy Engineering, provided an overview of HOMER Energy on Tuesday, July 18th. Access a recording of John's presentation “Going Beyond Wind in Small Remote Alaskan Communities” here. If you'd prefer, you can just take a look at his PowerPoint presentation.



Rich Wies, UAF Associate Professor, provided an Alaska Center for Power and Energy update on Tuesday, July 11th. Click here to access Rich's PowerPoint.

You can click here to view the video about the ARENA program (Arctic Remote Energy Networks Academy).



Ryan Anderson, Northern Region Director, provided an Alaska Department of Transportation update on Tuesday, June 20th. Click here to access a recording of Ryan's presentation (you'll need to turn your volume up quite a bit).


You can also click here to download Ryan's PowerPoint.




Ron Hyde with PRL Logistics presented an overview of their dirigible project on Tuesday, June 13th. Click here to access a recording of Ron's presentation.


You can also click here to download Ron's PowerPoint.


Straightline Aviation the world’s first owner operator of these new Hybrid, hi-tech, heavy-lift aircraft - developed by Lockheed Martin in Calfornia -  that are about to revolutionize worldwide air transportation.

Why Hybrids – The Top Ten Market Requirements

All of Lockheed Martin, Hybrid Enterprises and Straightline Aviation’s extensive market studies yielded the same conclusions: In a wide range of industries such as oil and gas, mining and others, there is a pressing need for a new aircraft type with the capability to:

  1. Land at remote locations without any expensive infrastructure such as airports, roads or onsite mooring masts and support vehicles.
  2. Operate safely to and from any flat unprepared surface - grass, dirt, snow, ice, soft sand or even water.
  3. Carry at least a 20-ton payload as well 12 to 20 passengers.
  4. Taxi and park securely for safe emplaning/deplaning of passengers and roll-on/roll-off cargo movements without the problems of mast- moored airships that constantly shift with a surface wind.
  5. Land and take off near vertically with lower payloads.
  6. Operate with similar ground-handling parameters to a standard cargo jet such as a Boeing 737.
  7. Offer greater range and significantly lower costs per ton-mile than heavy lift helicopters and other traditional modes of transport.
  8. Reduce operating expenses through a combination of greater fuel-efficiency and lower maintenance downtime than helicopters.
  9. Feature a ‘sticker price’ in the region of USD 40 million.
  10. Not least, improve the environment by eliminating the need for landscape scarring roads and runways together with quieter engines and a much lower carbon footprint than all other modes of transport.



Mike Ruckhaus, Senior Project Manager for the University of Alaska Fairbanks, presented to the group on May 30, 2017 and led us on a tour of UAF's new power plant. Did you know that the $245M price tag makes this the single-largest economic project in the state of Alaska? There are currently 150 employees working on the various elements and that number is projected to grow to 200 in the future.

Click here to review the PowerPoint from this presentation.


Ben Loeffler, Energy Management Engineer for the Fairbanks North Star Borough, presented to the group on May 23, 2017. He discussed the current state of solar in Interior Alaska and the “Solar in Your Community Challenge” project. Ben is responsible for the energy efficient operation of Borough facilities and is tasked to work with Borough stakeholders and ACEP researchers to evaluate emerging and existing energy efficient technologies relevant to the Borough.  Ben is a Mechanical Engineer and Certified Energy Manager with background in energy systems design and data collection and analysis.

Click here to review the PowerPoint from this presentation.


Dave Messier, Rural Energy Coordinator for Tanana Chiefs Conference, presented to the group on May 1 6, 2017. Dave has been working on rural energy needs in bush communities since 2009. Past projects have included experience developing, managing and financing village scale biomass, solar PV, solar thermal, wind, hydrokinetics and energy efficiency projects in various interior communities. Collectively these projects have saved interior villages tens of thousands of gallons of imported diesel fuel and kept hundreds of thousands of dollars in rural communities.

Click here to review the PowerPoint from this presentation.


John Falcetta, CEO and President of the Alberta to Alaska Railway Development Corporation, and former Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell presented on Wednesday, May 10th, 2017.

A2A is proposing to build a new commodities rail line from northern Alberta, Canada to connect to the Alaska Railroad at North Pole outside of Fairbanks, and is beginning the permitting process.  John has had a lifetime career in railroading, and is based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.  Mead is President of Pt Capital, LLC, the world’s first Arctic-focused private equity firm, which is headquartered in Anchorage and is advising the project.

Click here to review the PowerPoint from this presentation and click here to listen to an audio recording.