June 24-25 Alaska Wind-Diesel Workshop

June 24-25 Alaska Wind-Diesel Workshop
July 11, 2019 Stephanie Nowers

Thank you to all the attendees, speakers and sponsors of the 2019 Alaska Wind-Diesel Workshop held June 24-25 in Anchorage, Alaska. The workshop was supported by the Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) and organized by Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP) and sponsored by the Alaska Energy Authority, Intelligent Energy Systems and IEEE Alaska. Below you will find this year’s agenda and the presentations from each of our panels. Videos of the panels are coming soon!






Where are energy systems headed? How can we reduce overall liquid fuel imports into communities by 50%? This panel will look at ongoing efforts to supplant fuel use not just for electricity, but also for transportation and heat. What are some of the pathways that people are exploring and what opportunities and challenges have they encountered.

MODERATOR: Chris Rose, Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP)

Hawaii Energy Transition Mark_Glick HawaiiNaturalEnergyInstitute(.pdf)

Juneau, Alaska: Excess Hydro, Heating & Electric Vehicles _Alec_Mesdag_Alaska Electric Light & Power (.pdf)

Kotzebue, Alaska: Excess Renewables to Heat_Matt_Bergan_Kotzebue Electric Association (.pdf)



Optimizing hybrid electric generation systems requires overcoming a range of technical hurdles while still delivering seamless power to consumers. This panel will examine current work to improve systems in a range of communities in both Alaska and Canada.
Presenter: Ian Baring-Gould, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) 

Clean Energy For Canada’s Remote Communities Stephanie_Ewing_Solas Consulting(.pdf)

Integrating High Penetration Hydrokinetic Energty into Remote Grids Monty Worthington_Ocean Renewable Power Company(.pdf)

Technical Challenges to Renewable Integration _Bill_Thomson_Alaska Village Electric Cooperative(.pdf)



This panel will take a closer look at some of the latest research, from developments in energy storage to the use of wind forecasting that optimizes battery dispatch. The discussion will also highlight other current initiatives focused on improving microgrid systems.

MODERATOR: Daisy Huang, Alaska Center for Energy & Power (ACEP)

Wind Forecasting_Tyler_ McCandless_National Center for Atmospheric Research(.pdf)_

Batteries on the Horizon_LynnTrahey_Argonne_Joint Cetnter for Energy Storage Research(.pdf) 

ResearchProgress_Ian Baring-Gould_NREL



Running diesels off or on low-load can cause a variety of issues for plant operators. This panel will look at techniques for managing diesels to maximize use of renewables without compromising diesel efficiency, power plant operation or grid support. Group discussion to follow short presentations.

Moderator: Josh Craft, Alaska Energy Authority (AEA)

Diesel Overview_David_Lockard_AEA_John Cameron Cameron & Associates (.pdf)

Diesel Integration_ Aimie_Chase_AVEC(.pdf)


As grids become ever more connected, cybersecurity is an important consideration for operators  to ensure a reliable and resilient grid. Smart grid communications, remote access and automated control equipment all enable more cost-effective, efficient options to manage systems, but also come with risk. This panel will look at how utilities are approaching cybersecurity and the resources available to utilities to make their systems safer. Group discussion to follow short presentations. 

MODERATOR: Bob Pickett, Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA)

National Cybersecurity Efforts_Kate_Marks_Department of Energy Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response(.pdf) 

Planning for 3rd Party Access to Sensitive Networks_Scott_Sanner_AVEC(.pdf)



Adding renewables to the grid can create stability issues. This panel will discuss a range of options to address frequency and voltage variability, including energy storage and advanced controls. Group discussion to follow short presentations.

MODERATOR: Mariko Shirazi, Alaska Center for Energy & Power (ACEP)

Iguigig Microgrid_Rob_Wills_Intergrid LLC (.pdf)

From the Frontier to the Future_Dennis Meiners_Intelligent Energy Systems



Adding chemical or mechanical energy storage can be expensive. This panel will examine viable alternatives for keeping the grid balanced, including secondary loads and synthetic inertia. Group discussion to follow short presentations.

MODERATOR: Bill Thomson, Alaska Village Electric Cooperative (AVEC)

Sand Point, Alaska Wind-Diesel_Travis_Hammond_TDXPower(.pdf)

Use of Wind Turbine Kinetic Energy to Supply Transmission Level Services_Ross_ Guttromson_SandiaLabs(.pdf)



What would be the components and challenges of operating systems with 100% renewables, and how are utilities overcoming issues that arise as they increase the amount of renewables on their grid? This panel will highlight different technologies and strategies that operators are currently using in a variety of locations and how those are working. The panelists will also discuss how best to tackle these challenges as utilities move toward 100% renewable electricity.

MODERATOR: Brian Hirsch, Deerstone Consulting

High Renewable Energy Off Grid_Ray_Massie_Hydro Tasmania(.pdf)

Hawaii’s Path to 100 Percent_Richard_Rocheleau_HNEI

Going to 100 Percent Renewables_Ian Baring_Gould_NREL