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Story last updated at 12:22 PM on Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Fossil fuels, geothermal mapped in state report




Morris News Service - Alaska

JUNEAU — The Alaska Department of Natural Resources Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys recently released a 144-page report detailing the geothermal and fossil fuel resources available to Alaska communities.

The Fossil Fuel and Geothermal Energy Sources for Local Use in Alaska report is a supplement to the Alaska Energy Authority's Renewable Energy Atlas and Alaska Energy Pathway, a resource on renewable energy resources that include wind, solar, geothermal and hydroelectric power.

Work on the survey report began four years ago and draws from 50 years of scientific literature and data compilation.

"The survey report evaluates natural gas, coal and geothermal resources throughout Alaska that may exist in sufficient quantities to provide local energy, using existing technology," according to a DGGS report summary.

"...(M)ost areas of the state have some potential for local energy production — from renewable or non-renewable sources, or a combination," said DGGS Director Bob Swenson.

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