Arctic Renewable Energy Network Academy (ARENA)

GCI Co-Led

The Arctic Remote Energy Networks Academy (ARENA) program focuses on sharing knowledge and establishing professional networks related to microgrids and integration of renewable energy resources for remote Arctic communities. In 2017, the Arctic Remote Energy Networks Academy (ARENA) pilot program brought together 17 individuals from three Arctic states and three Arctic Permanent Participant organizations for a combination of training, mentoring and site visits. There was great feedback and learning from the program, and we are excited to deliver another one. ARENA-II was approved at the September 2019 SDWG meeting to support a second cohort focused on sustainable energy solutions for remote Arctic communities.

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On-Site Program

The goal of the on-site program is to help its participants identify, and equip them to pursue, approaches for improving their region's energy systems in ways that are locally appropriate, affordable and practical.

  • Approximately twenty individuals, all enthusiastic and aspiring renewable energy champions from across the Arctic, will be selected to participate in a combination of instruction, coaching, peer networking, and visits to arctic locations operating energy systems that draw on local renewable resources.
  • In 2017, all of the participants attended three distinct but interconnected week-long workshops in Canada (Yellowknife, N.W.T - March), U.S.A (Kotzebue and Fairbanks, Alaska - June) and Iceland (Reykjavik - November). Instructors, industry members, and community representatives will interact with the participants in all venues, providing the opportunity for a rich exchange of experience and ideas.
  • For ARENA-II, delivery will take place in Nunavut, Canada; Alaska; and Iceland. Due to COVID-19, the on-site sessions are being revised. Please see information release PDF icon2020 ARENA Covid 19 response 4.01.20.pdf
  • Participants will interact with one another, the instructors, and coaches via telephone, email and web-meetings before and after each workshop.