State releases report on fossil fuel, geothermal resource potential across Alaska
The state released a report Friday aimed at helping Alaska communities better understand their potential for fossil fuel or geothermal resource development.
Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan said high energy costs are a concern for many communities and the report's goal is to help them make decisions when it comes to energy that could be used for their local needs. State Geologist Bob Swenson said communities can't make those decisions if they're left guessing whether they have the potential for such things as natural gas or coal-bed methane development.
The report is a complement to an earlier compilation on renewable resources statewide. Swenson said it is intended to help with the overall analysis of what might work for a community — be it renewable or nonrenewable resources.
"The good news from these reports is that most areas of the state have some potential for local energy production, from renewable or non-renewable sources, or a combination," he said in a news release.
The report can be found on the Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys home page, http://www.dggs.alaska.gov .