Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy today signed Administrative Order No. 340 establishing the Office of Energy Innovation to meet Alaska’s changing energy needs. The AO is released amid recent destabilizing world events that have illustrated the importance of energy independence and with recognition of the positive economic impacts that come from household energy production. The Office of Energy Innovation, operating within the Governor’s Office, will develop policies to support the centralization of the state’s efforts to provide secure, sustainable, affordable, and reliable energy resources to all Alaskans.
The Office of Energy Innovation is formed to develop policies that allow Alaska to capitalize on its vast energy potential to reduce the cost of energy and improve the stability of energy supplied to Alaskans; collaborate with public and private institutions to develop pragmatic and market-oriented solutions; help all communities access the innovative technology and financing needed to ensure reliable, low-cost energy; and support efforts that strengthen Alaska’s role in a national clean energy future through the development of a strong and responsible critical minerals mining program and investment in emerging energy technologies.
“Alaska is an energy giant in all its forms. We will continue to be an oil and gas giant, but we are all about all forms of energy: wind, solar, hydro, tidal, geothermal, micro-nuclear and hydrogen. The Office of Energy Innovation will coordinate this quest for sustainable, reliable and affordable energy,” said Gov. Mike Dunleavy. “From the AEA’s electric vehicle charging plan to the US Air Force’s release this week of an RFP for the Micro-Reactor Pilot Program at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska has recently experienced a number of exciting developments. This is an exciting time for energy, and the Office of Energy Innovation will ensure that we miss no opportunity to support Alaska’s energy independence.
Governor Dunleavy announced the Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) Office of Energy Innovation in Anchorage, alongside DNR Acting Commissioner Akis Gialopsos, AEA Executive Director Curtis Thayer, John Burns, President and CEO of the Golden Valley Electric Association, Tony Izzo, CEO of Matanuska Electric Association, Gwen Holdmann, Associate Vice Chancellor of the University of Alaska, Frank Richards, President of Alaska Gasline Development Corporation.
“Alaskans need stable and secure energy supplies,” said acting DNR commissioner Akis Gialopsos. “A coordinated effort led by Governor Dunleavy’s office is a tremendous step forward that focuses agency efforts on Alaska to become a leader in both carbon capture, use, and storage ( CCUS) and in building the essential minerals of this state and nation.”
“As the state energy office, we are committed to ensuring that all Alaskans have access to safe, reliable, and affordable energy,” said Curtis W. Thayer, AEA Executive Director. “This Administrative Order builds on and reaffirms the work the State of Alaska has already undertaken with our partners here today, and will help drive economic growth and job creation as we accelerate our transition to a clean energy economy.”
“Alaska has tremendous capacity to produce clean, affordable hydrogen in the form of ammonia to meet growing demand from Alaskans and global markets. The Alaska LNG project can supply North Slope natural gas to jump-start existing ammonia production and jump-start future ammonia production at Nikiski,” said Frank Richards, President of the AGDC. “Governor Dunleavy’s new Office of Energy Innovation will foster vital collaboration among many Alaskan stakeholders to create a versatile and innovative energy future for Alaska and the nations around the world who look to us to energy abundance and security.
“Secure, reliable, affordable and sustainable energy is essential to Alaska’s economic and social viability,” said John Burns, president of the Golden Valley Electric Association. “The Office of Energy Innovation will provide focused coordination and collaboration among all stakeholders to leverage and maximize Alaska’s abundant natural resources and state and federal funding opportunities to positively transform Alaska’s energy future. Alaska.”
“We are at a crossroads of a pivotal moment for the future of energy in the state,” said Tony Izzo, CEO of the Matanuska Electric Association. “MEA stands united with the other interconnected utilities of the Rail Belt in our commitment to work with the Governor, Legislature and other stakeholders to be a catalyst for a safe, clean and diverse energy mix that can drive economic growth. and a vibrant Alaska.”
“Microreactors and modular nuclear reactors are fast approaching commercialization, and with the planned project at Eielson AFB in 2027, Alaska is poised to be an early adopter of this emerging technology,” said Gwen Holdmann, associate vice-chancellor of the UAF. “With this AO, I am thrilled to see the Dunleavy administration bringing together many ongoing and independent activities related to energy planning that impact Alaska’s future. Energy security and planning is an issue that affects all Alaskans, whether as individuals dependent on a reliable source of energy to power and heat our homes, or as a means of fueling our state’s economy today and into the future.
The RFP is effective immediately and will utilize existing staff and resources within the Governor’s Office.