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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

Upcoming Events

  • 3 15 2015 Alaska Solar Energy Workshop
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Alaska Solar Energy Workshop
April 30, 2015, 8am - 5pm
NANA Building, Nanatkut Room
Anchorage, Alaska

ACEP is spearheading an initiative to begin a new workshop series titled Alaska Energy Workshops.  These workshops, planned to occur 4 to 6 times a year, will focus on a variety of energy topics that pertain directly to Alaska.  Our goal is to promote a dialogue between Alaskans about prudent methods for integrating new and upcoming energy systems into the existing infrastructure.

As part of this effort ACEP is organizing the Alaska Solar Energy Workshop, April 30th, in Anchorage.  The agenda is still coming together, but ACEP Outreach Team members are hard at work bringing the event to fruition.  Please stay tuned for more updates.

If you would like to be added to the email list for the Alaska Solar Energy Workshop, please email Max Frey at

ACEP in the News

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 11/17/2014 | ACEP Researchers Featured in New UAF Television Commercial
  • This past fall UAF Marketing and Communications focused their attention on research for their new advertising campaign.  Video segments for television commercials were produced with the cooperation of several departments on campus, including ACEP. 

    As part of this effort, a Marketing and Communications film crew traveled to Nenana to film ACEP’s AHERC team testing the Oceana turbine at the Tanana River Test Site.

  • 11/17/2014 | Gwen Holdmann Interviewed on NPR
  • On November 10, ACEP’s Gwen Holdmann participated in an on-air roundtable discussion about energy and climate change, and how both affect Alaska.

  • 12/08/2014 | A Message from the AHERC Director
  • AHERC Director Jeremy Kasper would like to thank the staff of AHERC, Affiliate Faculty and former AHERC Director Jerome Johnson for their work in advancing AHERC to the forefront of the emerging river energy research field.  In recognition of AHERC's success, AHERC was asked to join the University of Washington and Oregon State University as a partner in the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center ( and  With the inclusion of UAF, the NNMREC strategic partnership now includes the three Pacific Northwest coastal states. Research conducted by NNMREC covers a broad range of marine energy technologies including wave, tidal and with the addition of AHERC, river energy as well. In expanding NNMREC to include UAF, NNMREC gains expertise in a niche technology area, river energy, and UAF gains by fostering close ties with leading researchers and students at the NNMREC partner Universities.

  • 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.