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  • 2017 ARENA Yellowknife On-Site Program Starts March 20th

March 20 - 26, 2017
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

The first of the three On-Site Programs for the Arctic Remote Networks Academy (ARENA) starts in Yellowknife on March 20, bringing together renewable energy champions and energy professionals from four countries across the Arctic. Eight Alaskans are among the twenty participants in the 2017 ARENA program.

Over the seven days they are in Yellowknife, the ARENA participants will receive training in the use of the RETScreen energy resource analysis tool, work on case study projects focused on their home communities, hear from experts on theory and practice related to wind and solar power, and visit sites in Canada's Northwest Territory that are integrating renewable energy into their local grids.

ARENA is an endorsed project of the Arctic Council's Sustainable Development Working Group. The United States, Canada, Finland, Iceland, Gwich’in Council International, and the Aleut International Association are co-leading the 2017 program.

ACEP Director Gwen Holdmann, Research Professor George Roe, and Biomass Coordinator Amanda Byrd will travel to Yellowknife to co-facilitate the event with their Canadian counterparts.

The second On-Site Program, hosted by the United States, will be held June 17-24 in Fairbanks, with a site visit to Kodiak. The third On-Site Program will be hosted by Iceland in Reykjavik, October 22-28, 2017.

For information on the ARENA program, visit