Anchorage) –The Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) today announced former State Senator Gene Therriault will join AEA’s management team as deputy director for statewide energy policy development. The position is the primary state coordinator for multi-agency energy policy development and program implementation. Therriault will focus on energy issues important to the Interior, such as bringing gas to Fairbanks. He will also work on energy efficiency and conservation, rural energy policy issues and join the Susitna-Watana project team.

Governor Sean Parnell has directed the Alaska Energy Authority to expand its role as the state’s lead agency on energy policy development.

“Gene has an extensive background in energy issues and policy development, and his addition to AEA as point person for Alaska energy policy is a natural fit,” Governor Parnell said.

“AEA’s mission is to reduce the cost of energy in Alaska,” said AEA Executive Director Sara Fisher-Goad. “We are happy to respond to the governor’s call to expand AEA’s role as lead on statewide energy policy, and we look forward to having Gene as part of the team as we work to fulfill our responsibility to Alaskans.”

Therriault served in the Alaska State House of Representatives from 1993 to 2000, and in the Alaska State Senate from 2001 to 2009. He was senate president from 2003 to 2004. He currently serves as vice president of resource development and external affairs at Golden Valley Electric Association in Fairbanks. Therriault will begin his AEA duties in August.

The Alaska Energy Authority is a public corporation of the state. AEA’s purpose is to reduce the cost of energy in Alaska.



Karsten Rodvik

Project Manager – External Affairs