2014 Rural Energy Conference

September 23rd-25th, 2014

Fairbanks, Alaska

Conference Information

2014 REC Agenda

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The 2014 agenda is being developed, email Melody Moen to provide feedback on what you would like to hear more about while at the conference.

Field Trips

Both Field trips will be half days departing from the Westmark Hotel on Sept 22nd at 1:00 p.m. and returning to the Westmark at 5:00 p.m. Cost per field trip is $25. All locations are active industrial facilities, please wear long pants, closed-toe shoes and no loose clothing.

Field Trip #1: Aurora Energy. Superior Pellets. Food Bank – Micro-turbine.

Aurora Energy, LLC is a privately owned combined heat and power coal generation plant in downtown Fairbanks. Come tour the combined heat and power plant and the utilidor under the streets of Fairbanks. Superior Pellet Fuels, LLC is an Alaska based company created exclusively to manufacture wood pellets utilizing locally available raw materials. Finally, the Fairbanks Community Food Bank collects and redistributes donated food to individuals and agencies. In 2013 the food bank installed a micro turbine and are now an outstanding example of urban combined heat and power and distributed generation facility.

Note: This field trip is limited to 15 people. Due to space constraints at the sites, only attendees traveling on the provided transportation will be hosted on the tour.

Field Trip #2: UAF Power Plant. ACEP’s Energy Technology Facility. Fairbanks Natural Gas.

The Atkinson Heat and Power Plant located at the University of Alaska Fairbanks provides electricity, heating and cooling for about 3 million square feet of academic, research, office and housing space at the UAF campus primarily utilizing coal and steam. This tour will include the UAF power plant as well as the co-located water treatment facility. ACEP's Energy Technology Facility (ETF) houses the Power Systems Integration (PSI) Laboratory, and the Tanana River Hydrokinetic Test Site. The ETF is designed to offer a unique testing environment to technology developers, utility managers and other decision makers. Envisioned as an intermediate step to full commercial deployment, these facilities were carefully designed for a range of testing needs, enabling assessment of product performance based on many real world conditions. Fairbanks Natural Gas, LLC is the natural gas utility providing gas service to Fairbanks, Alaska. The company initiated service to its first customer during the spring of 1998. Over 1000 residential and commercial customers now enjoy the benefits of natural gas in Fairbanks. FNG recently announced the intent to expand their LNG storage capacity.

Note: This field trip is limited to 40 people. Due to space constraints at the sites, only attendees traveling on the provided transportation will be hosted on the tour.