:: Operational Powerhouse Data ::

Alaska Energy Data Gateway

This website provides access to ACEP’s high-resolution NetCDF datasets. These datasets contain high-resolution time-series data from powerhouses and renewable energy installations in rural Alaska. At the moment powerhouse data from Nome and Cordova are available via this interface. More datasets will be added in the near future.



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Select files using the checkboxes in the right column, 'shift' and 'ctrl' keys can be used to select blocks of files. The respective columns can be sorted by clicking on the arrows in the column header (To sort multiple columns consecutively, hold down the 'shift' key and click a second, third or even fourth column header.) For a preview of the file contents, click one of the 'Preview Data' buttons. After selecting the desired files, click the 'Add Selection to Cart' button on the right.

FYI: Data ordering is offline. Individual files may be downloaded here. Data may be downloaded via ftp by month. Contact us for FTP access.

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Delete files using the checkboxes in the right column ('shift' and 'ctrl' keys can be used to select blocks of files) and click the 'Delete Selected Files' button on the right. After all adjustments have been made, click the 'Download Cart' button on the right.

FYI: Data ordering is offline. Individual files may be downloaded here. Data may be downloaded via ftp by month. Contact us for FTP access.

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  • Instructions for downloading data can be found here.

  • Information on citation of data click here.

  • NetCDF files:

    • Files are served up from the database in netCDF file format. To convert them into plain text format for import into Excel or modeling programs see this link.

    • NetCDF file naming conventions can be found here.

    • A list of available programs to display and analyze netCDF data can be found here.

    • Instructions for installing ncBrowse as an example are here.

For all other questions feel free to contact us.

Project Partners

Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)

The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) was initiated at the National Science Foundation in 1978, and now encompasses EPSCoR programs at several other Federal agencies. The EPSCoR is a program directed at states that have historically received lesser amounts of research and development funding from federal agencies and is intended to increase the capacity and competitiveness of these states. The U.S. Department of Energy EPSCoR program is intended to enhance capability to conduct nationally-competitive energy-related research and to develop science and engineering human resources in energy-related areas. The University of Alaska received a three-year, phase one grant plus a renewal grant from DOE EPSCoR. The overarching goal of this project, in addition to increasing Alaska’s university research capacity, is to increase energy self-reliance in Alaska’s remote rural communities by reducing dependence on imported diesel fuel. One of the primary project tasks is to improve energy data management and increase the availability of high-quality data. The development of this Alaska Energy Data Gateway is a step toward reaching that project goal.

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The Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP) is an applied energy research program based at the University of Alaska. ACEP was formed in January, 2008 with the goal of meeting Alaska’s unique energy research needs, and operates under a private sector business model within the University system. ACEP seeks to meet state, industry, and federal demand for applied energy research in order to lower the cost of energy throughout Alaska and develop economic opportunities for the State, its residents, and its industries.

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The Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Alaska Anchorage has been at the forefront of public policy research in Alaska for half a century. ISER's mission is to enhance the well-being of Alaskans and others, through non-partisan research that helps people understand social and economic systems and supports informed public and private decision-making. ISER carries out its mission by:

  • Focusing attention on critical economic and social issues in Alaska, the Arctic, and similar regions
  • Engaging in basic and applied research leading to better understanding of those issues
  • Disseminating knowledge through publications and other media, community involvement, public service, and teaching

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The Alaska Energy Authority is the State's energy office and works to reduce the cost of energy in Alaska by: leading and supporting energy planning and policy; investing in energy infrastructure; diversifying Alaska's energy portfolio; and providing training and technical assistance.

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The Arctic Region Supercomputing Center (ARSC) is the high-performance computing (HPC) unit of the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). ARSC provides a broad range of research computing services to the University of Alaska community. ARSC provides web and database hosting for the Alaska Energy Data Gateway.

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National Renewable Energy Lab

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Chaninik Wind Group

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Denali Commission

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UAF Institute of Northern Engineering

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Renewable Energy Alaska Project

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Wind-Diesel Application Center

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UAA School of Engineering

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Alaska Rural Communities and Utilities

While this webapplication interface provides on-demand access to high-resolution datasets, the ACEP DC&A team also provides automated reports that display operational powerhouse information. Examples include engine fuel economy, renewable energy penetrations, and maintenance schedules. These reports are fully customizable and can be created for daily, weekly, and monthly display, or at any other time frequency desired. More extensive reports for powerhouse operators and managers can be created which focus on power quality and a full system analysis.


Reports can also be produced for government agencies to verify the performance of energy projects around the state. The data available from the operational powerhouse data site enables a more detailed performance analysis and can provide additional insights for educated data-driven funding decisions.


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