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Alternative Energy - Going Green in Alaska

Updated on February 25, 2009
Energy from the wind is produced from wind turbines such as these in Alaska.
Energy from the wind is produced from wind turbines such as these in Alaska.

Electricity is now being brought to the homes of residents in Alaska, through the icy winds that cause wind turbines to rotate. Oil was once a resource which was cheap and convenient, however, is it really either of those anymore?

24% of the electricity generated in Alaska, comes from renewable sources. Sara Palin, believes that by the year 2025, 50% of the electricity will be coming from renewable resources. While oil prices may not be as high right now as they were last year, the economy is currently hurting, but once things get better, we will be back in the same situation we were not too long ago.

In fact, it is possible for Alaska, to become a national leader in renewable resources and alternative energy. While Alaska, remains to be second in oil production throughout the country, it is no longer as easy as it once was to obtain this oil for the prodution of power.

Alaska is a potential triple threat when it comes to alternative energy, with tidal wave resources, rivers, and windy coasts. With resources like these, there's no reason why Alaska cannot pave the way, and become the U.S. leader in alternative energy.

Producing energy from the wind, is a cheaper and more viable option, rather than powering generators with diesel fuel. Residents in Alaska, are now beginning to realize the benefits of harnessing energy from the wind, as well as other resources. In the past, it was an option that was hardly considered, yet now, residents realize that most of the oil extracted from their state is being shipped elsewhere throughout the country, and it is just not seen as the easy way to generate power, as it once was.

Energy from tidal waves is produced from this underwater turbine in Alaska.
Energy from tidal waves is produced from this underwater turbine in Alaska.
Buoys can be used as a warning of incoming waves, as well as producers of energy through surface tidal waves.
Buoys can be used as a warning of incoming waves, as well as producers of energy through surface tidal waves.

What should be the main concern in Alaska?

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The Power Buoy produces energy from tidal waves in the ocean.
The Power Buoy produces energy from tidal waves in the ocean.

More than 100 villages throughout Alaska, have the potential to take advantage of power generated from the wind. 8 villages have wind turbines already, 45 others are likely targets in the near future, and still other areas could take advantage of renewable energy eventually.

Alaska is said to contain up to half of the ocean wave energy resources in the whole country, and up to 90% of the river and tidal resources. Alaska may contain more inhospitable territory than other areas throughout the country, but taking advantage of the many forms of alternative energy that Alaska offers may be vital in the future, and the potential is better than any other state in America.

Last year, the government pledged $300,000,000 in grants, for the production of clean energy throughout the next 5 years. The population is only 670,000, however, it appears that alternative energy is getting a big bump upwards on the list of priorities.


What do you think about the alternative energy potential of Alaska?


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      9 years ago

      Solar powered battery chargers have hit the market in a flurry. A search term on the rise, solar power is practical and easier to implement. You can recharge indefinitely for no cost at all!

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      9 years ago

      Nice illuminating article, if you'll pardon the pun.

      Keep the Home Fires Burning!

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      9 years ago

      excellent article well researched and well put over

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      9 years ago

      nice hub lot of good green info

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      9 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      Nice hub, Good Points. And the number of tax payers are decreasing.

      Keep on Hubbing!

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      9 years ago from Chicago, IL

      That's a rhetorical question Vladimir. Taxpayers pay for everything, of course.

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      Vladimir Uhri 

      9 years ago from HubPages, FB

      Excellent and positive article. The problem only I have is the moral values toady's businesses. The wind power turb cost per one $4000. It is not for us to buy here in the country. To receive assistance? Well who will pay for it? Taxpayers.


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