About Us


Experts Address Arctic Energy Challenges

The AREWG is composed of Alaska-based energy experts familiar with the energy challenges facing villages. Many members have spent years working directly with rural communities. While the initial focus of this group is on remote Alaskan communities, the group intends to expand its scope to include circumpolar Arctic communities.


AREWG Working Group Members

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Robert Bensin (Bering Strait Development Company)
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Forest Button (Alaska Village Electric Cooperative)
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Tashina Duttle (Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium)
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Carrie Eischens (US Arctic Research Commission)
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Ann Gravier (US Department of Housing and Urban Development)
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Bruno Grunau (Cold Climate Housing Research Center)
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Eric Hanssen (Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium)
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Brian Hirsch (Deer Stone Consulting)
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Gwen Holdmann (Alaska Center for Energy and Power)
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Jessie Huff (USDA – Rural Development)
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Rob Jordon
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Cady Lister (Alaska Energy Authority)
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David Lockard (Alaska Energy Authority)
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Givey Kochanowski (US Department of Energy)
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Meera Kohler (Alaska Village Electric Cooperative)
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Pam Mendelson
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David Pelunis-Messier (Tanana Chiefs Conference)
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Ben Mallot (Alaska Federation of Natives)
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Chris McConnell (Renewable Energy Alaska Project)
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Cheryl Rosa (US Arctic Research Commission)
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Chris Rose (Renewable Energy Alaska Project)
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Scott Waterman (Alaska Housing Finance Corporation)
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Tom Wolf (Denali Commission)