Energy is a critical resource in high demand around the world. The Arctic, as an emerging energy province for oil and gas development, has received a fair amount of attention. Less, but increasing amounts of attention are now also being paid to how Arctic communities use energy resources and benefit from energy development as well as renewable energy resources. However, these issues are still being dealt with through singular lenses. There is a need for a new platform with a holistic view of Arctic energy issues to advance knowledge and promote cooperation, coordination and interaction.
The Arctic Energy Network focuses primarily on the Arctic as an energy consumer and the development of renewable and extractive resources in the Arctic. These topics are increasingly interdependent--the AEN seeks to increase understanding of how responsible resource development can help Arctic communities meet their own energy needs, and remain sustainable and vibrant communities. The Arctic is in a state of change and there are great opportunities as well as challenges that face the collective Arctic communities. The activities of the AEN help energy stakeholders in the Arctic rise to the challenges and seize the opportunities by ensuring the expertise, experiences and knowledge of the circumpolar region is shared for the strength and betterment of all. The AEN is a platform for identifying key challenges, convening critical conversations, and working together to create common solutions that ensure the resiliency and prosperity of northern peoples.
The Arctic Energy Summit is a forum to engage in a dialogue on energy development in the Arctic. The 2007 Summit brought together the people of the Arctic in Anchorage, Alaska to discuss, share and create a balanced approach toward sustainable extractive, renewable and rural power; with the vision of creating energy wealth while eliminating energy poverty. Building on the work done at the highly successful 2007 Arctic Energy Summit and Technology Conference, the 2013 conference will convene in Akureyri, Iceland to address energy extraction, production and transmission in the Arctic as it relates to three thematic areas: richness, resilience and responsibility.