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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

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.