The US Department of Energy and the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee have announced the reestablishment of the Arctic Energy Office.
The office will be located on the campus of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.
The office will drive coordination and collaboration on DOE’s many activities in the Arctic region including international cooperation on Arctic issues, research on methane hydrates, and development of advanced micro grids and nuclear power systems, such as small modular reactors.
The Arctic Energy Office will focus on energy, science, and national security.
The office will report to the Under Secretary of Energy, and coordinate DOE’s Arctic activities across the enterprise, bringing together DOE’s wide range of assets, stakeholders, and equities to serve communities and US interests in the region.
The Office will be reestablished with three interim staff equipped with experience in energy, science, and national security spheres.
Deputy Secretary Mark W. Menezes, said: “The reestablishment of the Arctic Energy Office will bring the power of DOE innovation and expertise to the region, ensuring we play an important role in its energy future.
“As the region’s geopolitical importance increases, the Office will also better facilitate strategic coordination with our fellow Arctic nations.”
Senator Lisa Murkowski, Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, adds: “The United States is an Arctic nation because of Alaska, and the reestablishment of the Arctic Energy Office in Fairbanks will ensure greater collaboration between our state’s innovators and the Department of Energy’s cutting-edge researchers.
“I prioritized this office in the Appropriations process because I know it will help facilitate the development of new energy technologies that benefit resource-rich Alaska and the country. I thank Secretary Brouillette, Deputy Secretary Menezes and their teams for working with us to reestablish this important office.”