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About ACEP

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

  • 8/24/2015 | Sitnews Ketchikan: ACEP in article about President's Visit to Alaska
  • President visiting Alaska to discuss climate change and the continuing threats of global warming.  Stops will include Anchorage, Seward, Dillingham and Kotzebue.

    "I am hopeful that after your visit you will recognize the unique needs of our State, and direct federal agencies to work in greater partnership with the State of Alaska, the Alaska Center for Energy and Power, the Cold Climate House Research Center, the Alaska Village Electric Cooperative, and others,” wrote Murkowski.


  • 8/24/2015 | ACEP Work in Nenana Highlighted in Article
  • In an article published in the Alaska Public Media last week, ACEP’s work at the Tanana River Test Site was highlighted along with Ocean Renewable Power Company’s work in Igiugig.

  • 8/17/2015 | Washington Post Article Features ACEP
  • On Friday, August 14th the Tanana River Test Site was highlighted in the Washington Post on-line edition in an article titled, “How Alaska’s quest to power remote villages could help spread renewable energy worldwide.”

  • 8/10/2015 | Article on Senator Murkowski’s Omnibus Energy Bill
  • ACEP was mentioned recently in an article titled “An energy bill worth passing: Sen. Murkowski’s bipartisan effort would help Alaska, U.S.”  Published in the local Daily News-Miner, the article describes the bill and explains what some of its benefits for Alaska could be.

  • 8/03/2015 | “Alaska Microgrid Technologies: Micro-Industry or Big Business?”
  • In early 2015, Alaska received a special designation as an i6 Innovation Center through the US Economic Development Administration. The i6 challenge, a competitive, nationwide grant application, issued twenty-six awards to fund the creation of regional innovation centers aimed at supporting startup creation, innovation, and commercialization.

  • 6/15/2015 | ACEP Intern Featured in News Piece
  • ACEP Intern Alana Vilagi was recently featured in news story by KTOO on her senior design project work which focused on creating a mobile version of the Geographic Information Network of Alaska’s (GINA) Augmented Reality Sandbox.

  • 5/03/2015 | Petroleum News: Antony Scott Presents for RCA on Railbelt Power Transmission Grid Reforms
  • A debate has raged for many years over the question of whether or how to improve the transmission grid that carries electrical power around the Alaska Railbelt.  Antony Scott, senior economist and energy analyst with the Alaska Center for Energy and Power, is conducting a series of presentations to the commission, presenting analyses of the costs and benefits that may be associated with changes in the way in which the grid is managed.

  • 4/15/2015 | Current Opportunities
  • The Alaska Hydrokinetic Energy Research Center (AHERC) was featured in the spring edition of Aurora magazine.  The research at the Tanana River Test Site was showcased. 

  • 3/02/2015 | Afribiz/ACEP Partnership Press Release
  • “Afribiz and Alaska Center for Energy and Power Join Forces to Capacitize Renewable Energy Projects in Africa”

    ACEP and The Afribiz Foundation (TAF) have announced the formation of a strategic partnership to aide indigenous project developers, sponsors, and others involved in renewable energy project development in Africa reach their full potential.  It is hoped that this collaboration will help create a “pipeline of bankable renewable energy projects that are led by African stakeholders.”

  • 1/26/2015 | UAF, Industry Partner to Test Battery Technology for Rural Power
  • The University of Alaska Fairbanks and industry partner Ambri will collaborate on a project to demonstrate a new battery technology that could lower the quantity of diesel consumed for generating electriciy in rural Alaska.

    The $1.5 million project, funded by a $749,000 grant from the Alaska Energy Authority and matching funds from Ambri and the UAF Alaska Center for Energy and Power, will use a liquid metal battery developed by Ambri. The battery is designed to provide needed energy storage and increase system reliability, enabling communities to shift toward renewable resources such as wind and solar for power generation.

    "Ambri's LMB technology has the potential to be a game changer for Alaska, providing reliable and economic solutions for Alaska's renewable energy systems," said Marc Mueller-Stoffels, UAF researcher and the project's lead investigator.

  • 12/21/2014 | “Alaska Leads the World in Microgrid Deployments”
  • An article was recently written and published in Navigant Research’s Research Blog about Alaska’s position as a world leader in microgrid knowledge and development. ACEP Director Gwen Holdmann was interviewed for the article and was able to describe the scale and variability in energy types these islanded electrical grids in rural Alaska use.

  • 12/08/2014 | Pilgrim Hot Springs Focus of News Piece
  • Last month KTVA Channel 11 in Anchorage followed ACEP Director Gwen Holdmann to Nome and Pilgrim Hot Springs to create a news segment on the project and to explain what the ramifications of a developed geothermal resource could mean for the community.