A house in Alaska. Photo courtesy of NREL.

Clean Energy, One Community At A Time

PNNL helps communities transition to clean energy and boost their energy resilience Heating and cooling a home. Lighting for reading or studying. Cooking and storing food. Refrigerating medications. Traveling to a job or school. Energy unlocks access to nearly everything, so communities without reliable energy can experience not only daily … [continued]

Communities in Hawaii & Alaska Exchange Ideas to Engage Residents in Energy Transitions

When the third cohort of Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Project (ETIPP) communities was announced in 2023, the inclusion of Molokai, Hawaii, caught the eye of Bri Gabel, a sustainability coordinator for the City and Borough of Sitka, Alaska. Sitka was also selected for ETIPP, and Gabel saw an opportunity to infuse some … [continued]

Jonathan Stratman of DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory examined the ArcticShark UAS as part of the testing at the Pendleton UAS range in Oregon. Image courtesy of Jason Tomlinson, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, DOE ARM user facility.

Unmanned Aerial Systems Propel Atmospheric Science Forward

High in the sky over an Alaskan tundra, a small aircraft ran the same pattern over and over again. It swooped through clouds and flew down close to the ground. But there were no people experiencing the flight from inside the plane — it was an unmanned aerial system (UAS). … [continued]

Biden-Harris Admin Announces $366 Million to Lower Energy Costs & Enhance Energy Security in Rural…

President Biden’s Investing in America Agenda Supports 17 Projects Across 20 States and 30 Tribal Nations and Communities, Bringing Clean Energy, High-Quality Jobs, and Energy Justice to Every Pocket of America TEMECULA, CA — As part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced more … [continued]

Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, Diego Delso, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Alaska Moving Toward Equity, One House at a Time

HUD Healthy Homes Program Helps Alaska Native Villages Adapt to Change Chris Gene flipped a switch inside his old family home in Gakona, Alaska, filling the entryway with bright light. “All this lighting can run off this switch here,” the electrician said, explaining the three-way system he had just installed. … [continued]

Modeling and analysis from NREL transportation researchers showed that a small commercial fishing vessel named I Gotta could be retrofitted with a hybrid battery-diesel system. The boat will make history as one of the first low-emissions fishing vessels ever deployed in Alaska. Photo by Eric Jordan via NREL

Battery-Electric Fishing Vessel Marks A Sea Change For Small Commercial Fishers

On a brisk morning this fall, a 46-foot commercial fishing boat will cruise into the cold waters of Sitka, Alaska, and cut the diesel engine. In that moment of near silence, an electric motor will whir to life. This moment will mark a sea change for Sitka’s small-boat commercial fishing … [continued]