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  • Islanded Grids Featured at the 2017 Island Energy Conference: Charting Transitions

    The Island Energy Conference (IEC), hosted by the Island Institute and the Islanded Grid Resource Center, brings together 150 island leaders and energy experts to discuss common energy challenges and to learn more about resources that exist to address these challenges. This year’s event will highlight how New England’s islands are charting the course toward a sustainable energy future, mapping out their transitions to clean energy systems that strengthen local communities and economies.

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  • Windmills or Reactor Cores? Inside South Africa’s Energy Clash

    New York Times UPINGTON, South Africa — In one of the most sun-drenched corners of the planet, a 670-foot tower rises above a desert dotted with 4,160 mirrors. Tracking the sun throughout the day, the mirrors, called heliostats, redirect the sun’s rays into the tower, where water is heated to generate steam — and electricity. Since the plant, Khi Solar

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  • April 2016 Islanded Grid Wind Power Workshop

    (*Scroll below to end  of the recap to see and download presentations*) The Islanded Grid Resource Center (IGRC) hosted its annual Islanded Grid Wind Power Workshop in Fairbanks Alaska on April 28-30, 2016. About 60 attendees gathered for a full day to discuss the technical, financial, political, and human capacity challenges facing remote, islanded grid systems and the solutions for overcoming

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  • 2016 Southern New England Island Energy Exchange Trip

    The Island Institute and the Islanded Grid Resource Center recently hosted the third annual New England Island Energy Exchange, a trip which brought island energy leaders from Maine to learn from a series of exciting and well-established energy initiatives on the non-islanded grids of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, Massachusetts.  The goals of the trip were to: Advance understanding of renewable

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  • April 28-29 Islanded Grid Wind Power Workshop • Fairbanks, Alaska

    This reception and workshop is aimed at wind systems in island and islanded grids. Learn, network and share information through expert panel discussions, stakeholder dialogue and training. Sessions will cover the state of the technology and markets as well as key issues such as energy storage and O&M. MORE INFO: conta.cc/20VM9av

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  • Communities matter in offshore wind development

    Like moths to a flame, the press was all over the start of construction on the Block Island Wind Farm last July. After a decade-plus of starts and lawsuit-induced stops, America’s first offshore wind project was finally being built. The stories covered the prerequisite details: size of the project, cost, technology being used, and of course the politics behind it. Absent from most discussions, however, were voices from the project’s host community, Block Island. As director of the Community Energy Program at an organization that places year-round island communities at the center of its mission, it was hard to let this piece of the story go untold. It’s my hope that our newly-released report, “Engaging Communities in Offshore Wind: Case Studies and Lessons Learned from New England Islands,” will help fill in the gaps.

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  • Alaska’s Appetite for Clean Energy

    “Necessity is the mother of invention,” says Chris Rose, CEO of Renewable Energy Alaska Program (REAP), which he founded in 2004. “We have to continue to innovate.” Indeed innovation in renewables may be critical for meeting Alaska’s future economic, environmental, and energy needs. For his part, Rose has championed the benefits of renewable energies, particularly for rural communities cut off from a central grid. REAP helped craft Alaska’s House Bill 306 and Bill 152, which respectively resulted in the Emerging Energy Technical Fund and Renewable Energy Grant Fund (REF). Progress since is notable, but a sense of the past is helpful here.

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  • Feb. 10 Resilient Power Project Webinar – Free

    REGISTER HERE: Clean Energy Group will be hosting a webinar to provide an update on the Resilient Power Project and to introduce the project’s new resources and web-based tools. This webinar will feature Clean Energy Group Project Directors, Seth Mullendore, Rob Sanders, and Todd Olinsky-Paul, to discuss the following topics: The need for resilient power and why it’s important. The

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  • Engaging Communities in Offshore Wind: Case Studies and Lessons Learned from New England Islands

    On December 15, the Island Institute released a new report, “Engaging Communities in Offshore Wind: Case Studies and Lessons Learned from New England Islands”. With several offshore wind farms currently under consideration off the U.S. Atlantic seaboard, offshore wind has the potential to be an abundant source of renewable, low carbon electricity. Island communities throughout New England are leading the way

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  • Island Energy Conference – November 5-7, 2015

    Hosted by the Island Institute and the Islanded Grid Resource Center, the sixth annual Island Energy Conference included speakers and panels on Friday, November 6, and a site visit to Star Island, NH, which hosts Northern New England’s largest offshore photovoltaic array, on Saturday, November 7. The Island Energy Innovation Award was presented to the Block Island community and Deewater Wind in recognition

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  • IGRC Hosts Panel on Island Energy Challenges and Solutions

    The Islanded Grid Resource Center was pleased to host a panel recently at the Asia Pacific Resilience Innovation conference in Honolulu, Hawaii. IGRC Facilitator Chris Rose moderated the panel, which focused on island energy challenges and solutions and included Darron Scott, the CEO of Kodiak Electric Association; Kord Christianson, President of TDX Power Inc.; and Mark Kneubuhl, Coordinator of the

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  • U.S. Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources

    Senate Energy and Natural Resource Committee Holds Hearing on Islanded Energy Systems

    In the lead-up to the unveiling of the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015, the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a hearing on islanded energy systems. The hearing featured testimony about the energy and infrastructure challenges facing islanded grid communities from representatives of Alaska, Hawaii and U.S. territories.

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  • Aug. 24-26, 2015 The Resilience Innovation Summits & Expo (APRISE) • Honolulu, Hawaii

    The Resilience Innovation Summits & Expo (APRISE) is co-located with the Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit/ Islands Innovation Summit & Showcase/ Pacific Defense Energy Summit  & Showcase. The event is the preeminent meeting place for international leaders and energy experts at the forefront of the clean energy movement. Securing energy independence and developing a clean energy industry that promotes the

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  • 2015 New England Islanded Grid Exchange Trip

    Residents from three islands in Maine (Isle au Haut, Matinicus, and Monhegan) joined Island Institute staff on an exchange trip to tour planned and recently constructed renewable energy systems on Block Island, RI and Star Island, NH. The goals of the trip were to explore approaches to comprehensive energy planning, advance understanding of integrating renewables into islanded grids, and gain perspective on community/developer relations in ocean energy projects.

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  • Market Update: New England Islanded Grids

    Wednesday, April 15 | 4:00 p.m. ET Join the Islanded Grid Resource Center (IGRC) for our upcoming webinar highlighting the islanded grid communities along the New England coast that are exploring their options for reducing high energy costs through wind power, solar, microgrids, and other solutions. The webinar will feature a market update from the Island Institute’s Suzanne MacDonald and presentations from IGRC participants from New England islands who are developing their own local energy projects.

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  • Highlights from the Islanded Grid Wind Power Conference

    This webinar featured an update on IGRC activities including the recent March 4-6 Islanded Grid Wind Power Conference in Anchorage, Alaska during which speakers and participants came from around the U.S., Canada and the world to discuss the barriers and opportunities facing wind power systems in remote and islanded grids.

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  • March 4-6, 2015 Islanded Grid Wind Power Conference

    Experts from across the globe including Russia, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Alaska and around the United States convened March 4-6, 2015 in Anchorage, Alaska for a 2.5-day conference focused on the development and maximization of remote and islanded grid wind power systems. The conference was an opportunity for technical experts from national labs and universities from around the country to meet with wind farm operators from Alaska and others…

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  • Island Grids Featured in New York Times

    On January 17, 2015 the New York Times featured Maine island grids in its article Green Energy Inspiration Off the Coast of Denmark. The piece highlights the recent trip that Island Institute staff and Maine islanders made to Samso Island in Denmark to visit the Samso Energy Academy…

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  • Islanded Grid Energy Storage Webinar

    This IGRC webinar featured a discussion of energy storage systems and their applications for islanded grids…

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  • IGRC Launches Webinar Series

    On Wednesday, December 10, the Islanded Grid Resource Center (IGRC) hosted the first of its series of interactive webinars designed to build connections between islanded grid stakeholders and industry experts and share reliable information to promote fact-based decision making about wind power and other renewable energy sources as a way to lower energy costs. The introductory webinar featured presentations from IGRC facilitators Chris

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  • Islanded Grid Resource Center Launches at Island Energy Conference

    The Island Institute and the Islanded Grid Resource Center hosted the fifth annual Island Energy Conference on Friday, November 7 at the Clarion Hotel in Portland, Maine and Saturday, November 8 on Peaks Island, Maine. The Island Energy Conference brings together island leaders and energy experts to discuss common energy challenges and to learn more about resources that exist to

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  • 100% Renewably-Powered: Alaska’s Kodiak Island goes all in with wind and hydro

    By Stephanie Nowers | Islanded Grid Resource Center ANCHORAGE — Ten years ago, the board and managers at Kodiak Electric Association (KEA) on Kodiak Island in Alaska faced a choice. They could continue to rely on expensive diesel fuel for generating a bunch of their electricity, a choice that was costing them nearly $7 million a year. Or they could

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  • Department of Energy Awards Grant to Lead National Outreach Effort

    Island Institute and the Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP) are working together to expand renewable-energy resources to remote islanded communities Wednesday March 19th, 2014 The Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP) based in Anchorage, Alaska and the Island Institute, located in Rockland, Maine, are pleased to announce they been chosen to receive a three-year competitive grant from the U.S. Department of

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  • Energy Department Announces New Regional Approach to Wind Energy Information

    In order to provide the highest quality information to support decision-making regarding wind energy, the Energy Department today kicked off the collaborative partnership between its new WINDExchange initiative and six supporting Regional Resource Centers. The new WINDExchange initiative and website will serve as a digital portal providing fact-based informational resources about the costs and benefits of wind power, technical assistance and guidance for

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