Northwest Alaska has many options when it comes to producing renewable energy including wind, biomass (wood), solar, hydro and geothermal potential. NANA and our subsidiary, WHPacific, Inc. are partnering with regional and statewide organizations to explore and develop alternative sources of energy to mitigate the energy crisis in our region. With high regional energy costs, investing in alternative means to using diesel to power our villages and projects is about controlling the cost of living and supporting sustainable communities. A December 2010 report outlines some alternative energy opportunities for NANA.
Alaska's northwest Arctic villages are experiencing high energy prices. Fuel, averaging around $8US per gallon, is utilized as the primary NANA region heating source. With the soaring cost of energy, many residents find themselves in a position of having to choose between heating their homes and feeding their families.
In 2008, NANA joined with fellow Northwest Arctic Regional Team (NWALT) members to create a plan to decrease regional dependence on fossil fuel consumption. This meeting led to a Strategic Energy Plan that is guiding the region into a sustainable future.
It is the vision of the northwest Arctic region to be 75 percent reliant on regionally available energy sources, both renewable and non-renewable, for heating and generation purposes by the year 2030.