2007 - Anchorage, AK

Executive Summary

The 2007 Arctic Energy Summit was convened by the Institute of the North and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State during the International Polar Year. The overarching goal of the Summit was to create a forum to engage in a dialogue on energy development in the Arctic. The Summit brought together the people of the Arctic to discuss, share and create a balanced approach toward sustainable extractive, renewable and rural power; with the vision of creating energy wealth while eliminating energy poverty.

Seventeen recommendations relating to the development of energy in the Arctic were generated from the Summit in two categories: technology and sustainability. The technology findings deal specifically with those results or conclusions that evolved from discussion and analysis of three Arctic energy technology challenges. The sustainability factors, an outgrowth of the discussion on sustainability at the Technology Conference, are critical to a successful and appropriately deployed Arctic energy project.

The focus of these recommendations is toward long-term sustainable development of energy in the Arctic, balancing the external and internal application of energy resources to the external and internal needs of the communities of the North. Treating the North as a whole assures cooperation across political boundaries and between unique and distinct cultures to meet the common needs of the people of the North.

The conference was one of three components of the Arctic Energy Summit, an International Polar Year endorsed project and a Sustainable Development Working Group initiative of the Arctic Council.  Through its three components, the Summit brought focus to the areas of developing resources while addressing the need for affordable energy in rural areas throughout the Arctic.