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New Alaska Energy Statistics Report Available

A preliminary report, Alaska Energy Statistics 1960-2011, by Ginny Fay and Alejandra Villalobos Melendez of ISER and Corinna West of the Alaska Energy Authority, is now available, together with workbook tables. Final figures will be available in spring 2013. This is the most recent annual update of energy statistics in Alaska, done for the Alaska Energy Authority. Of the 6.5 million megawatt-hours of electricity generated statewide in 2011, natural gas generated 58%, hydroelectric power 20%, diesel and other oil products 16%, coal 6%, and wind less than 1%.  That was a slight increase in shares generated by natural gas and oil products and a slight [...]

November 29th, 2012|

Lunchtime Talk: Using E-Government in Remote Areas

Yan Cimon is an associate professor of strategy at Universite Laval, in Quebec City, and is also currently the Fulbright Visiting Chair in Innovation at the University of Washington. He has studied how Quebec could use e-government—that is, the Internet and other information technology—to help provide services to residents of remote places. With a population comparable to that of Virginia and an area three times that of France, Quebec shares many of the same challenges as Alaska in providing consistent services to all residents. Join us at ISER to learn about potential uses of e-government in remote Northern communities. When: Monday, [...]

November 28th, 2012|

Talk at ISER: The Changing Landscape of U.S. Energy Markets

Lou Pugliaresi is president of the Energy Policy Research Foundation, a not-for-profit organization in Washington, D.C. that studies and analyzes energy issues. He will talk about how U.S. energy markets—especially those for natural gas and liquefied natural gas—are changing. Before joining the foundation, Mr. Pugliaresi held a number of government posts and was a consultant on domestic and international petroleum issues. Join us to hear his views on the changing energy markets. Please note that this talk is earlier than usual and is on the third floor of the Diplomacy Building (two floors down from ISER). When: Friday, November 16, 10-12 [...]

November 13th, 2012|

Launch of Fischer Autobiography

Vic Fischer talked about his new autobiography and signed copies October 30 in the UAA Consortium Library, at an event attended by about 200 people. The book, written with Charles Wohlforth, traces Fischer’s life from his early days in Germany and Russia to his decades in Alaska, where he was a delegate to the Alaska Constitutional Convention, a member of both the territorial and state senates, and the first director of ISER. Today he is a director emeritus at ISER and continues to study state and local government policy and Alaska-Russia issues. The book was published by University of Alaska Press. [...]

November 5th, 2012|

Lunchtime Talk: Global Seafood Markets in 2030—Dominated by Aquaculture, with Wild Fish as Niche Market Products?

Frank Asche is a well-known fisheries economist from Norway and a professor in the Department of Industrial Economics at the University of Stavanger, Norway. World seafood markets are changing rapidly, as more seafood species are being farmed and knowledge from agriculture is being used to enhance the competitiveness of aquaculture products. Those changes are likely to influence all parts of the seafood market. Join us at ISER to hear Frank Asche talk about how he sees the global seafood markets of the future. When: Friday, October 26, 12 to 1 Where: ISER conference room, fifth floor, Diplomacy Building Download the PDF [...]

October 22nd, 2012|

ISER receives $288,000 for the Harold E. Pomeroy Public Policy Research Endowment

Pomeroy Gift, photo courtesy of Erin Hooley (UAA Advancement)ISER has received a $288,000 check from the estate of Roxolana Pomeroy, for the Harold E. Pomeroy Public Policy Research Endowment. Dolly Farnsworth and John Havelock, longtime friends of the Pomeroys, presented the check to ISER on October 17. (In photo, left to right, John Havelock, Dolly Farnsworth, ISER Director Heather Hudson, CBPP dean Rashmi Prasad.) Roxolana Pomeroy established the endowment in 1985, to honor her husband, Harold Pomeroy, who died in 1983. Both Harold and Roxolana Pomeroy took a keen interest in public policy in Alaska and were active in state and local government during the early decades of statehood. The endowment supports faculty research on Alaska public policy. For more information, download the PDF (11KB).

October 17th, 2012|
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