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.