Full Title: 2015 Arctic Energy Summit
Author(s): Institute of the North
Publisher(s): Institute of the North
Publication Date: 01/2016
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Development in the Arctic should encompass and respond to the needs of local peoples, communities, and economies; as well as the global implications of activity in the region. Human security in the Arctic depends on numerous factors, many of which – infrastructure, healthcare, education, and economic opportunity – are impacted by resource development. Careful consideration needs to be taken by regulators and companies before development occurs. However, there should also be a focus on maximizing the potential benefits while eliminating risks to local communities, some of which might be traditional or subsistence-based economies. Diversification in power generation systems is needed, but developments in diesel and end user technology is far more important to rural communities in the short term than developing alternative generation sources.
A wide array of energy production, storage, and transfer technology is under development. This technology seeks to improve the present infrastructure by increasing capacity, production, and inter-modal design. This development would allow for a wide variety of sources to be used in the generation of power, increasing its ability to be used in different environments. All systems are unique to remote communities, which makes it challenging to know how to best stabilize a system while integrating new systems.