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About ACEP

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The Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP) based at the University of Alaska is dedicated to applied energy research and testing focused on lowering the cost of energy throughout Alaska and developing economic opportunities for the State, its residents, and its industries.

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UAF has identified energy as a key research growth priority. ACEP is leading this charge, serving as a gateway to energy research throughout the system and focusing on areas that most directly meet the immediate needs for the state and its critical industries.

Brian Rogers, Chancellor, University of Alaska Fairbanks

News & Events

ACEP in the News

  • 2/01/2016 | KNOM Exchange: The Future of Pilgrim Hot Springs
  • ACEP’s Director Gwen Holdmann along with Bering Straits Native Corporation’s (BSNC) Robert Bensin were featured in a KNOM interview about the future development of Pilgrim Hot Springs last week.  Following the radio interview, a public presentation was held at the UAF Northwest Campus in Nome on the topic as well.

  • 1/11/2016 | ACEP Director on the Air in Washington DC
  • On Sunday, January 10th Gwen Holdmann was featured in a short radio interview on WTOP 103.5 FM in the Washington DC area.  Gwen was interviewed specifically about microgrids and how Alaska is at the forefront of developing and maintaining these systems.

  • 1/11/2016 | ACEP's Deputy Director in The Fuse: Despite Challenges, Hilcorp Moves Forward With Arctic Drilling Plans
  • With oil prices falling to levels not seen in more than a decade and Arctic drilling efforts halted by major companies such as Royal Dutch Shell, Houston-based Hilcorp’s latest proposal to build a gravel island for oil extraction off the shores of Alaska appears surprising.

    Brent Sheets, research manager for the Alaska Center for Energy and Power at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, sees the Liberty Project’s use of an island as particularly strategic in the Arctic winters.

  • 1/11/2016 | ConocoPhillips donates $500, 000 for ACEP's Energy Research Facility
  • A $500,000 donation from ConocoPhillips Alaska will help complete the fourth floor of the new engineering building at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  The fourth floor is slated to house the UAF Alaska Center for Energy and Power, which develops and tests alternative energy systems in Alaska.

  • 10/05/2015 | Murkowski's Arctic Trip Hits Everything But Oil
  • Amidst the codel trip to the Arctic, Murkowski, and  Sens. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., and Mike Rounds, R-S.D. headed to Fairbanks, where they toured the Permafrost Tunnel and the Cold Climate Housing Research Center, and Murkowski spoke at the Alaska Center for Energy and Power, according to her office.

  • 9/21/2015 | Alaska Captures Clean Energy in Rivers
  • The Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP) at the University of Alaska has become a key location for research and industry support for hydrokinetic energy. The Alaska Energy Authority works with ACEP to focus on various technologies that can lower the cost of energy while developing economic opportunities. ACEP Director Gwen Holdmann appreciates the benefits of partnering with the state: “A long history of collaboration has helped us maintain a diversified funding base, ensuring the program’s sustainability.”