Ability to search for community-level capacity data to undertake new energy projects
Updated and new data
Upgrades to the Gateway also include updated and new datasets, which were added with assistance from the First Alaskans Institute Summer Internship Program. New and/or updated datasets include:
- Fuel surveys from the Alaska Housing and Finance Corporation
- Energy prices from University of Alaska-Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service
- Industry, occupation, and worker data from the Alaska Department of Labor
- Municipal tax records; information about payments and applications under the state community aid program; and vocational training data from the Alaska Energy Authority
- Financial statements for electric utilities from the Regulatory Commission of Alaska
"The goal of the project is to provide easier and enhanced access to important information used by communities, electric utility planners, and financiers as they consider future rural energy projects," said Erin Whitney, Program Manager at the UAF Alaska Center for Energy and Power.
This project is part of the Alaska Microgrid Partnership-a consortium of local and national stakeholders created to help Alaska's remote communities use less imported fuel and make their energy systems more reliable, cost-effective, and resilient. This upgrade to the Alaska Energy Data Gateway was made possible by funding from the U.S. Department of Energy's Grid Modernization Initiative. Berkeley Lab is part of the Grid Modernization Lab Consortium, a strategic partnership between DOE and the national laboratories to bring together leading experts, technologies, and resources to collaborate on the goal of modernizing the nation's grid.