Energy Transition

Alaska’s Future Beyond Oil & Gas

Alaska’s economy has long relied on oil and gas production. Now with gas in Cook Inlet reaching its economic limit, the climate crisis accelerating, and technology ready to tap our other world-class energy resources, we have an opportunity to lead in renewable energy. We believe that our communities and ecosystems deserve an Alaska beyond fossil fuels, and we’re committed to making that vision a reality.

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Our Energy Transition program focuses on reducing fossil fuel production and pollution, and building an equitable energy system. We aim to accelerate Alaska’s transition to a renewable energy future and create new opportunities for all Alaskans.

Reducing Fossil Fuel Production and Pollution

Cook Inlet gas has fueled our heat and power since the 1960s. After the Bradley Lake hydroelectric plant came online in the early 1990s – remaining to this day our only significant renewable energy source – we’ve been 85% gas-powered. Local gas was cheap enough – thanks in large part to state subsidies we can no longer afford – and renewable options expensive enough that there was no economic incentive for change.

That was the past. Gas is no longer so cheap or renewable energy so out of reach. Reducing the production and consumption of fossil fuels will not only protect our environment from pollution but create a path to a sustainable future. We push back against shortsighted oil and gas development, support policies and initiatives to promote renewables such as wind, solar, and geothermal, and advocate for stronger regulations on emissions from fossil fuel production and transportation. We’re also engaging with local communities to raise awareness of the benefits of clean energy and the steps we can all take to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels.

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Building an Equitable Energy System

Transitioning from fossil fuels toward renewable energy will not only reduce pollution and protect our environment, but will also create new opportunities for Alaskans. Making an energy system that’s effective and just for both our communities and the place that sustains them is not a challenge to take lightly. But we in the Cook Inlet watershed have an opportunity — and an urgent need — to do it right.

The second branch of our Energy Transition program aims to create an equitable energy system that benefits all Alaskans. We believe that everyone deserves access to clean air, clean water, and a healthy environment, and we’re committed to making this a reality. Our efforts include supporting community-led renewable energy projects, investing in workforce development programs, and advocating for policies that prioritize public health and safety over corporate profits. By building an equitable energy system, we aim to create a more resilient and prosperous Alaska for generations to come.

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