Thu, Jan 19|
Alaska Renewables: The Little Mount Susitna Wind Project
Matt Perkins and Andrew McDonnell co-founded Alaska Renewables in Fairbanks in 2021 in response to Golden Valley Electric Association's call for new renewable energy projects that could reduce emissions and member energy costs while maintaining the reliability of the electric grid.
Time & Location
Jan 19, 6:00 PM AKST
About the event
Matt Perkins and Andrew McDonnell co-founded Alaska Renewables in Fairbanks in 2021 in response to Golden Valley Electric Association's call for new renewable energy projects that could reduce emissions and member energy costs while maintaining the reliability of the electric grid. The pair will lead a discussion of near term opportunities for meeting this call not just in Interior Alaska, but across the Railbelt. They will provide an overview of their efforts including the proposed Little Mount Susitna Wind project, located on a broad plateau to the west of the Susitna River and Mount Susitna.
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Andrew McDonnell, PhD serves as AKR’s Vice President with responsibilities including wind resource and geospatial analytics, technology innovation, customer and stakeholder engagement, and strategic business development. Andrew draws on a background in earth and environmental science, engineering, and energy systems analysis. In his prior role as an Associate Professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), Andrew managed a broad research, teaching, and service portfolio focused on the science of Earth’s changing ocean, climate, and biogeochemical systems for nearly a decade, as well as the development of innovative solutions to these challenges. He has published dozens of technical products including peer-reviewed scientific articles, large datasets, and patent applications. Andrew has a strong familiarity with the Railbelt’s Electric Cooperatives, having worked with many of the employees of several Cooperatives on various energy studies over the years and having previously served on GVEA’s Member Advisory Committee, Carbon Reduction Goal Committee, and Solar Committee, the last of which resulted in the construction of GVEA’s 563kW solar PV system. In 2019, Andrew founded Decarbonwise LLC, a consulting company focused on helping utilities, businesses, and organizations identify and implement effective strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in their operations and supply chains. Through Decarbonwise, Andrew has consulted for the Railbelt Electric Cooperatives on the topics of carbon emission reduction strategies and wind energy opportunities. Andrew holds a B.S. from UCLA Engineering, and a Ph.D. from MIT and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
Matt Perkins serves as AKR's CEO. He is a veteran energy technology entrepreneur who grew up at General Electric, engineering and later selling Wind Turbines, Steam Turbines, Gas Turbines, Solar Photovoltaics and Inverters, and Grid Software over his decade there. He has lectured at Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers events on successful and stable integration of renewables into the grid. He later worked with grid regulators to require “smart-grid” inverter code compliance for renewable projects and successfully deployed solar forecasting software. He is a Udall Scholar, an award issued by the Executive Branch demonstrating a commitment to careers related to the environment. His connection to the team originates from skiing the White Mountains 100 through which he met his co-founders.