An Endorsed Project of the Sustainable Development Working Group of the Arctic Council Co-led by the United States and Canada
Overview: To contribute to sustainable development and healthy, resilient communities in the Arctic, the Arctic Council’s Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) has initiated work on an online Arctic Renewable Energy Atlas (AREA). AREA will provide solar, wind, geothermal, marine and hydrokinetic resource maps within an easily accessible website. AREA will also overlay existing energy generation capabilities to allow easy visualization of localized supply and demand and encourage clean energy prospecting and investment. Finally, in an effort to profile and share best practices gleaned from traditional and local knowledge, AREA will showcase videos from Arctic community stakeholders discussing successes and challenges found in developing clean energy projects. AREA will be available free of charge to the general public, investors, policy makers, researchers, and Arctic public officials to raise awareness on energy efficiency opportunities and renewable energy development potential. By combining multi-layer data visualization and promoting local solutions, AREA will expand the capacity of Arctic residents and scientists to manage and respond to future challenges and opportunities.
Description of Activity: Stakeholders across the Arctic have indicated a need to share scientific data, research and development, and local knowledge to promote clean energy access--both renewable energy and energy efficiency. By bringing together maps, resource data, research activities, and storytelling into a single tool, AREA will enhance knowledge of the best practices and local adaptation actions on renewable energy within the Arctic region. AREA components:
- Renewable Energy Atlas – including Wind, Hydro, Solar Thermal, Geothermal, Biomass, Tidal
- Community Energy Production, Consumption and Efficiency Database
- Best Practices Guide for Remote Community Renewable Energy Integration and Efficiency
- Community Energy Stories – Videos profiling local energy projects, challenges and opportunities