Alaska Microgrid Partnership Poster

Alaska—perhaps more than any other region in the country—faces unprecedented challenges in modernizing its rural energy infrastructure. Across the state there are approximately 200 isolated microgrid systems that are not connected to larger grids, with most of these systems relying almost exclusively on imported fuel (primarily diesel) to meet electrical, space/water heating and transportation requirements.  These communities, whose populations range from 50 to 6,000 people, are comprised primarily of native Alaskans, have some of the highest energy costs in the nation (up to ~10 times the national average), arguably the lowest power reliability, and are the least resilient, with impacts due to failure or supply disruptions often lasting days to months.