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  • Monday, April 29, 2019
  • International Leadership Program Explores Alaska’s Energy Energy Expertise

UAF and ACEP are hosting northern Indigenous leaders and Canadian professionals in Fairbanks, Anchorage and Kotzebue this week through the U.S. State Department’s prestigious International Visitor Leadership Program.

The 10 IVLP participants will meet with professionals and policymakers in each of three Alaska communities. The communities are exploring or implementing renewable energy technologies that are environmentally and culturally appropriate for the Arctic region. Technologies include wind, solar, biomass, thermal energy storage and more.

The U.S. Embassy in Ottawa selected ACEP as its local coordinating partner for the International Visitor Leadership Program due to the center’s extensive resources and expertise in the energy sector. Addressing energy security in the Arctic is an emergent priority for the U.S. State Department.


Kotzebue Electric Association's wind farm is one destination for the IVLP participants. Photo by Amanda Byrd.