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  • Monday, September 23, 2019
  • ACEP Paper Published in IEEE Journal

A new paper by ACEP's Gwen Holdmann, Jeremy Vandermeer, and Richard Wies was recently published in the peer-reviewed journal Proceedings of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
The paper titled, ‘Renewable Energy Integration in Alaska’s Remote Islanded Microgrids: Economic Drivers, Technical Strategies, Technological Niche Development, and Policy Implications’, shows that in addition to economic drivers including extremely high energy costs, the primary technical hurdles for renewable energy integration in Alaska’s remote islanded microgrids include management of distributed energy resources and design for reliable and resilient operation with intermittent high-penetration renewable generation.
Alaska has more than 200 communities operating remote islanded microgrids, and the lessons learned from renewable integration projects in Alaska could help inform project development in other markets, despite differences in climate and geography.

 Kongiganak, Alaska bulk fuel storage facility stores 348000 gallons of diesel and gasoline. Photo by Amanda Byrd.