The state of Alaska has some of the highest energy costs in nation. Not only that, the state is heavily dependent on importing diesel fuel to generate electricity in order to satisfy domestic energy needs. As the whole nation looks for clean energy solutions Alaska has to ensure not to be left behind and perhaps small hydropower is the way for Alaskans to move forward.
Small-scale hydropower projects are seen as ideal solutions for many rural communities in Alaska. Especially considering the Alaskan water riches which include thousands of rivers, streams and coastal areas where these projects could be both economically viable and reliable.
The Alaskans first need to grasp the concept of small hydropower with real numbers about the efficiency oh these projects, project-cost estimates, as well as other data that might be useful to communities that live in these areas. Both state as well as U.S. Department of Energy need to do more to spur the interest for small hydro projects in Alaska.