Energy and Environment

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ISER's research in this area examines issues and questions at the intersection of energy, environment, and society. This work is intended to help support informed decisions and effective adaptation to change. ISER researchers collaborate closely with the Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and with government and tribal agencies, industry, and non-profit groups. Research work in this area is broad and includes:

  • Evaluating emerging energy technologies
  • Modeling the potential effects of changes in energy policies
  • Estimating Alaska energy production and use
  • Measuring the economic value of nature-based tourism
  • Examining visitor travel and spending patterns

Alaska Energy Data Gateway
The Alaska Energy Data Gateway is a database with energy data from across Alaska. The site provides data from many sources, through a single access point. The data can be downloaded in a variety of file formats. The gateway was developed in cooperation with the Alaska Energy Authority and is housed at the University of Alaska’s Arctic Region Supercomputing Center in Fairbanks.


Making Wind Work for Alaska
This project significantly increases existing capacity at the University of Alaska in the niche market of hybrid wind-diesel energy systems for islanded (non-integrated) electric grids. Our central project theme is delivering low-cost, reliable, and sustainable energy from a wind-diesel platform to isolated rural Alaska communities of 200 – 5,000 people.


For questions, contact:

Steve Colt, professor of economics, at steve.colt@uaa.alaska.edu

Ginny Fay, assistant professor of economics, at vfay@alaska.edu

Most recent analyses:

Alaska Fuel Price Projections 2014-2040 (July 2014)

Economics of Wilderness: Contribution of Alaska Parks and Wilderness to the Alaska Economy (June 2014)

Alaska Energy Data Gateway Provides New Services (June 2014)

SB21 Sense and Nonsense The More Alaska Production Act (MAPA) (May 2014)

Webnote 17. Alaska's Oil Production Tax: Comparing the Old and the New (May 2014)


See the full list of energy and environment analyses.

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