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Our Mission

To improve the coordination of efforts promoting the adoption of greater end-use energy efficiency measures and energy conservation behaviors in Alaska through information sharing and integrated planning so that Alaska may become the most energy efficient state in the nation.


This website is the collaborative effort of the Alaska Energy Efficiency Partnership, a partnership of over 20 entities, including state and federal government programs, utilities, state legislative offices, local non-profits, university programs, private businesses and tribal organizations. Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EE&C) play a vital role in the stability of Alaska’s energy future. With that in mind, and recognizing that the sheer volume of information available about EE&C can often be overwhelming, we’ve built this site to provide Alaskans with a simple, single point of entry into the broad EE&C universe. Our hope is that you will be able to use this website to find the tools and resources available to make EE&C improvements. Those improvements will save kilowatts, and every kilowatt saved is money in your pocket.

You can contact us with comments or questions at info@akenergyefficiency.org


Our Partnership

The following is a list of Partnership members; this list is not exclusive.

The Alaska Building Science Network (ABSN)

is a member-supported association of individuals, businesses, and organizations dedicated to promoting energy efficiency as an essential component of durable, safe and affordable housing in Alaska.
ABSN publishes a quarterly newsletter and provides technical training workshops throughout Alaska. Many ABSN courses earn continuing education credits through the Alaska State Homebuilders Association and other certification agencies. ABSN can also put together teams of experts to perform energy audits, make energy efficiency recommendations, and train construction crews, building owners, maintenance workers and occupants.
Contact:
PO Box 111097
Anchorage, Alaska 99511
www.absn.com

The Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP)

based at the University of Alaska is dedicated to applied energy research and testing focused on lowering the cost of energy throughout Alaska and developing economic opportunities for the State, its residents, and its industries.
ACEP works across campuses and pulls from the University’s extensive resources and expertise, making it interdisciplinary, needs driven, and agile. In addition to a focus on research, ACEP also seeks to increase educational opportunities in energy for all Alaskans by offering seminars and courses on a range of energy related topics, facilitating rural training opportunities, and offering graduate and undergraduate research fellowships.
For more information:
Alaska Center for Energy and Power University of Alaska Physical Address: 814 Alumni Drive Mailing Address: PO Box 755910 Fairbanks, AK 99775-5880
www.uaf.edu/acep/

The Alaska Conservation Alliance

is the statewide umbrella group for approximately 40 member organizations with a combined membership of over 38,000 Alaskans – one strong voice advancing conservation in Alaska. The Alliance believes that a healthy environment and a strong economy go hand in hand. As part of their mission, the Alliance works to support energy efficiency policies and programs that move the state towards a more energy efficient, economically viable future.
For the 2010 session, the Alliance has identified energy efficiency as one of its priority issues, specifically SB 121 that would set energy efficiency goals for public buildings. The Alliance is also working with a group of diverse stakeholders around the Railbelt region to develop the Railbelt Energy Efficiency Landscape (REEL) in Alaska Roadmap. The project, with consultation from Natural Capitalism Solutions, seeks to suggest ways in which the Railbelt could reach up to 50 percent energy efficiency gains by 2025. The Roadmap will be available to the public, lawmakers, agencies and other stakeholders in late January, and will continue to foster stakeholder collaboration and input to implement the recommendations of this and other energy efficiency reports for the Railbelt.
For more information:
www.akvoice.org
810 N St, Ste. 203
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 250-6171
unite@akvoice.org

The Alaska Craftsman Home Program (ACHP)

is an educational building industry alliance that promotes energy efficient housing that is cost effective, healthy and durable. At ACHP, we believe that an educated consumer, builder or weatherization worker is the shortest route to increased residential housing energy efficiency and decreased energy consumption. The greatest strides can be made by empowering Alaskan’s with the knowledge to do or direct their own energy efficient rating and retrofit efforts. ACHP was formed in 1987 with the assistance of the State of Alaska Office of Energy Programs, in conjunction with the University of Alaska Cooperative Extension service, Energy Rated Homes of Alaska, and the Alaska State Home Builders Association. Since its beginnings, ACHP has and continues to provide education in energy-efficient building technology throughout the State of Alaska.
For more information:
www.achpalaska.com
achpalaska@gmail.com
(907) 258-2247

Alaska Electric Light & Power (AEL&P)

was founded in 1893 and holds Alaska’s oldest ongoing business license. The company is also Alaska’s largest privately owned and financed electric utility, serving about 16,000 locations in the City and Borough of Juneau.
AEL&P’s customers enjoy 100% hydropower. Rugged terrain along the main transmission line led to unprecedented avalanche damage in April of 2008 and January of 2009. With 80% of Juneau’s generation unreachable, expensive standby diesel generation was required for six weeks of 2008 and 3 weeks of 2009. AEL&P’s customers proved that significant energy conservation and energy efficient purchases could quickly reduce the area’s energy needs. During the 2008 avalanche, area energy use was reduced by about 30%, and during the 2009 avalanche, energy use was reduced by about 16%. Two years following these events, area usage remains 5-6% lower than prior to the first avalanche. Juneau’s experience illustrates the potential of an energy savvy population across the state.
For more information:
www.aelp.com
5601 Tonsgard Court
Juneau, AK 99801
(907) 780-2222
service@aelp.com

The Alaska Energy Authority (AEA)

provides both supply-side and demand-side energy efficiency and conservation programs statewide. Existing programs include the Village Energy Efficiency Program (VEEP, previously VEUEM), conducting audits and efficiency improvements to over 50 villages, a pilot project to test building energy monitors, a rural power systems upgrade program that installs waste heat capture units on rural diesel powerhouses to heat nearby public buildings, a tool loan kit of energy efficiency measuring equipment and other tools, and most recently a grant program to distribute $5.1 million to Alaska cities as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants.
AEA, with Alaska Finance Housing Corporation, co-funded the writing of the Alaska Energy Efficiency and Conservation Policy and Program Recommendations Report in 2008, which is widely used as a roadmap for efficiency efforts. AEA has organized the Regional Railbelt Integrated Resource Plan that covers energy efficiency for the Railbelt region of Alaska. Also, to be unveiled soon by the Governor, is The Alaska Energy Plan, which includes energy efficiency plans for Alaska outside the Railbelt. AEA is in the beginning stages of developing a commercial energy audit program, conducting a baseline assessment of energy end uses in Alaska, and initiating planning for industrial energy efficiency, among other programs.
For more information:
www.akenergyauthority.org
813 W. Northern Lights
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 771-3000
Fax: (907) 771-3044

The Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC)

has 27 programs, loans, or initiatives related to energy efficiency in Alaska. The primary areas, Weatherization, Supplemental Housing, Home Energy Rebate and the Building Energy Efficiency Standard, are well established. The commercial and municipal building retrofit, energy efficiency education, loans and information resources are expanding or in development. The AKWarm software and the Alaska Retrofit Information System work hand-in-hand to document the efficiency of buildings in Alaska, and provide analysis and research potential on arctic building energy use. AHFC currently administers over $425 million in energy efficiency, and conservation programs and initiatives. Since April 2008, over 40,000 Alaskans have been directly involved in some aspect of AHFC’s energy efficiency programs.
For more information:
www.ahfc.us/home/index.cfm
Phone: (907) 338-6100

Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Division of Environmental Health and Engineering (ANTHC, DEHE)

ANTHC is a non-profit health organization owned and managed by Alaska Native Tribal Governments and their Regional Health Organizations. The Consortium was created in 1997 to provide statewide Native health services. DEHE provides design, construction, project management and operational services to Native communities with an emphasis on health care and sanitation facilities. DEHE strives to make health care and sanitation as affordable as possible to Native communities by improving energy efficiency and reducing dependency on high-cost, imported fuels. DEHE conducts energy audits of community facilities using available grant funding. Based upon these audits, DEHE plans, designs and constructs energy improvements. These improvements include retrofitting existing structures to recover heat and upgrading water/ wastewater equipment and systems. These improvements will make services more affordable and reliable and further the mission of making Alaskan Natives the healthiest people in the world.
If your organization is interested in partnering with ANTH, DEHE on energy conservation or renewable energy projects, please contact:
Carl Remley
Energy Coordinator
ANTHC, DEHE
1901 Bragaw Street, Suite 200
Anchorage, AK 99508
Phone: 800-560-8637 ext. 3543 or 907-729-3543
Email: cremley@anthc.org

 

Alaska Power Association (APA)

is the statewide trade association for the majority of electric utilities that supply power to more than a half-million Alaskans in communities from Barrow to Unalaska, though the Interior and Southcentral, and down the Inside Passage. APA’s mission is to assist its members in delivering electric energy and other services at the best value to their consumers.
For more information:
703 West Tudor Road, Suite 200
Anchorage, AK 99503-6650
Phone: 907-771-5700
Fax: (907) 561-554
www.alaskapower.org/

 

Alaska Village Electric Cooperative (AVEC)

is a non-profit electric utility, whose enormous service area is the world’s largest for a retail cooperative. AVEC serves 53 villages stretching from Kivalina to Kodiak Island, and purchases five million gallons of fuel annually.
Faced constantly with high-energy costs, AVEC is dedicated to efficiency and conservation. The organization encourages members to be efficient in their personal electricity use, and is currently in the process of increasing the operating efficiency of their own power plant facilities and distribution lines.
For more information:
Alaska Village Electric Cooperative, Inc.
4831 Eagle St.
Anchorage, Alaska, 99503
Phone: (907) 561-1818
www.avec.org/energy-information.php

 

Bristol Bay Native Association (BBNA)

is a non-profit consortium of 31 Federally-recognized Tribes situated in Southwest Alaska. BBNA provides a wide range of educational, social and economic services to its members, including heating assistance. BBNA also promotes energy efficiency and renewable energy through its Tribal Energy Program.
BBNA is part of the Bristol Bay Partners along with the Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation, Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation, Bristol Bay Housing Authority and Bristol Bay Native Corporation. This partnership recognizes the importance of working together to defeat the high cost of energy in Rural Alaska, which can be referred to as “Public Enemy #1.”
For more information:
P.O. Box 310
Dillingham, Alaska 99576
Phone 907-842-5257
www.bbna.com

 

Cascadia Green Building Council

is the local chapter of both the U.S. and Canada Green Building Councils. It is also a program and partner of the International Living Future Institute. Cascadia has a mission across Alaska, British Columbia, Washington and Oregon to promote the design, construction and operation of environmentally responsible and profitable buildings and infrastructure. The organization supports a vast network of members with programming to educate, advocate and engage for a living future that is socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative. This work includes local workshops, research and outreach activity related to all aspects of green building, including but not limited to the Living Building Challenge(TM) and the LEED® building standard, as well as the annual Living Future unConference.

Since buildings use at least 40 percent of primary energy and produce almost 40 percent of CO2 emissions, improving efficiency and promoting conservation in the commercial and residential building sectors is critical to reducing energy use, enabling the use of renewable energy resources and supporting the transition to healthy, sustainable communities.

For more information:
www.cascadiagbc.org
Stacia Miller – Policy & Advocacy Manager
Phone: (206) 223-2028 x22
stacia.miller@cascadiagbc.org

 

 

Chugach Electric Association (Chugach)

is a member-owned cooperative that serves more than 80,000 metered retail locations in a service territory extending from Anchorage to the northern Kenai Peninsula.
Chugach’s energy efficiency and conservation initiative was officially adopted in 2008 as per Board Policy 132. It encompasses activities that promote energy efficiency and conservation, primarily among Chugach’s members.
Past energy efficiency initiatives include:
-Compact fluorescent light bulb giveaway and rebate program
-Partnership with Anchorage School District
-Residential & commercial energy audits
-Kill-A-Watt EZ meter loan program
-Online energy audit tool
-Building energy monitoring (BEM) device loan program (“Wattbuster”)
-MyPower Web Portal
-Energy efficiency and conservation education through public presentations, public service announcements, member communications, and class sponsorships
For more information:
www.chugachelectric.com
5601 Electron Drive
P.O. Box 196300, Anchorage, AK 99519-6300
Phone: (907) 5637494

 

The Cold Climate Housing Research Center (CCHRC)

founded primarily by homebuilders in 1999, supports the development of healthy, durable, affordable, and sustainable shelter for the people of the north through applied research, public outreach and education. Ongoing efforts include partnering with AHFC on a number of projects, including a major rewrite of the AkWARM™ software, improving access to the Home Energy Rebate Program in Fairbanks, advancing AkWARM and BEES to include small commercial buildings, and several other programs. With AHFC and private support, CCHRC has implemented the Sustainable Northern Shelter program, and last summer built an energy efficient, affordable prototype home in Anaktuvuk Pass. They are currently working with five other villages on structures for their communities. The majority of their contact with the home building and/or home owning public is concerned with increasing the energy efficiency of residences, and CCHRC serves these audiences through direct one-on-one consultations, classes and workshops, as well as several lines of publications, from how-to DVDs to brief explanations of building science.
For more information:
www.cchrc.org/
1000 Fairbanks Street
P.O. Box 82489
Fairbanks, AK 99708

 

Continuum Industries

is a leader in the design/build of high-efficiency lighting and control systems for municipal, utility, and military applications. Partnering with best in class engineering design firms and leading capital financing groups, Continuum implements large-scale lighting retrofits in the United States and advises in ongoing testing and project development around the country. We facilitate public/private partnerships that provide financing, project implementation, technical expertise, and stakeholder management.
www.continuumindustries.com

 

The Denali Commission

introduced by Congress in 1998, is an independent federal agency designed to provide critical utilities, infrastructure and economic support throughout Alaska. Recognizing the critical role energy plays in the quality of life and economic development of Alaska’s communities, the Denali Commission has made energy its primary infrastructure theme since 1999.
The Energy Program primarily funds design and construction of replacement bulk fuel storage facilities, upgrades to community power generation and distribution systems, alternative-renewable energy projects, and some energy cost reduction projects. The Commission works with the AEA and other partners to meet rural communities’ fuel storage and power generation needs.
For more information:
www.denali.gov
Denali Commission
510 L Street, Suite 410
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone – (907) 271-1414
Fax – (907) 271-1415

 

The Golden Valley Electric Association (GVEA)

board of directors established an official “Energy Conservation” policy in 1987. GVEA’s demand-side management programs, the Energy$ense programs – Home$ense, Builder$ense and Business$ense – were established in the early 1990s and serve residential and commercial co-op members (www.gvea.com/energyprograms/energysense/). Since the program’s inception, GVEA has spent over $3 million on direct program expenditures and served over 7,000 residential and commercial members within its service area. Resources for these programs come directly from GVEA’s general treasury and support to energy audit contracting services and rebates for installing energy efficiency devices in homes and businesses. GVEA collaborates with the regional weatherization provider, Interior Weatherization, to provide GVEA’s energy audit program to qualified low-income recipients at no cost. GVEA is a resource for end-use energy information to its service area members, and provides workshops and public awareness presentations. In 2009, GVEA worked with EPRI to assess and make additional recommendation to its Energy Programs.
In 2005, GVEA initiated the state’s first renewable energy program, Sustainable Natural Alternative Program (SNAP), www.gvea.com/energyprograms/snap/. GVEA has multiple renewable energy studies and on-going renewable energy projects, including several funded by the Alaska Energy Authority. Integrating energy efficiency practices with renewable energy, in 2009 GVEA completed building the state’s largest solar water heating system at Denali Education Center (DEC) to help offset DEC’s seasonal peak energy use and high operating cost – an energy-use situation indicative of much of the state’s hospitality industry.
For more information:
www.gvea.com
Golden Valley Electric Association
758 Illinois Street
PO Box 71249
Fairbanks, AK 99707-1249
Phone: (907) 452-1151
Fax: (907) 458-6365
Email: info@gvea.com

 

Green Star®

is a non-profit organization, based in Anchorage, Alaska, that encourages businesses to practice waste reduction, energy conservation and pollution prevention through education, technical assistance, and an award-winning voluntary “green business” certification program.
For an organization or business to receive certification, they must meet 10 Green Star standards, including reductions in energy and water consumption, outreach to the community about Green Star efforts and identifying future goals to ensure program momentum.
Over 150 Alaskan businesses, organizations, and entities have gained Green Star Certified Award status – from Chevron and Lynden Transport to Government Hill Elementary School and University of Alaska Anchorage.For more information:
333 W. 4th Ave., Suite 310
Anchorage, Alaska 99501
907.278.7827
www.greenstarinc.org/

 

Homer Electric Association (HEA)

is a member-owned utility that serves more than 28,000 metered retail locations in a service territory covering 3,166 square-miles on the western Kenai Peninsula, from Sterling to Kachemak Bay near Homer. The electric cooperative provides service to a variety of members, including large industrial sites such as the Tesoro refinery, the ConocoPhillips Liquid Natural Gas facility, and the Swanson River Gas Field.
HEA’s energy efficiency program is called Wise Watts. The program was launched in the fall of 2009 with the hosting of two Energy and Conservation Fairs. The fairs (one in Homer and one in Kenai) brought together vendors and energy experts who were able to demonstrate the most advanced technology in energy-saving appliances, construction materials, and alternative energy generation. The fairs also featured a workshop from AHFC on how to obtain state weatherization grants, and a second workshop conducted by an energy auditor on steps to weatherize your home.
HEA’s second event was called Kick In-can! Working with several local agencies, including Salvation Army and the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, HEA exchanged five CFL’s for every five incandescent bulbs that were turned in by our members. The program distributed close to 14,000 bulbs during a three-month period.
For more information please visit HEA’s website at www.homerelectric.com.

 

Information Insights

is a public policy research and management consulting firm, offering services in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. Having completed over 450 engagements in their 12 years of business, Information Insights forms teams of highly skilled and professional staff when working on a topic.
For More Information:
429 L Street
Anchorage, Alaska 99501
907.272-5074
www.infoinsights.com/

 

Matanuksa Electric Association (MEA)

is Alaska’s oldest electrical utility cooperative, and operates in the Matanuska Valley. Today, MEA’s service area is 3,360 square miles in Southcentral Alaska, nearly the same size as the 2.2 million acre Yellowstone National Park. As of the end of 2006, the co-op served more than 52,000 customers along 3,792 miles of energized line from Talkeetna to Eagle River, north to south, and Petersville to Sheep Mountain, west to east.
MEA is in the process of applying to become an ENERGY STAR® partner, and believes in Energy efficiency and conservation to preserve natural resources, promote a healthy environment, and save money.
For more information:
www.mea.coop/
MEA P.O. Box 2929
Palmer, AK. 99645
(907) 689-9600

 

The MEA Rate-Payers Alliance

was formed by members of the MEA cooperative, and has a simple objective- keep the cooperative transparent in operation, and ensure it provides cheap sustainable energy into the future.
In pursuit of cheap and sustainable energy for MEA cooperative members, the rate-payers alliance strongly promotes and encourages energy efficiency as well as the use of renewable energy sources.
For more information: http://www.mearatepayers.org/

 

Anchorage’s Municipal Light and Power (ML&P)

is an electric utility that services an area of 19.9 contiguous miles, including a large portion of the commercial and high-density residential areas of the Municipality. ML&P also provides all-requirements power to two military bases; approximately 81 percent of ML&P’s retail revenue comes from commercial accounts and military bases.
ML&P generates, transmits and distributes electric power, and has a one-third working interest in the Beluga River Gas Field. ML&P operates seven gas-fired turbines and one heat-recovery turbine. Five of the turbines are equipped to use No. 2 fuel oil as alternate fuel. ML&P also owns 53.33 percent of the Eklutna Hydroelectric Power Plant.
For more information:
Municipal Light & Power
1200 East 1st Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone:(907) 279-7671
Fax:(907) 263-5828
http://www.mlandp.com/redesign/save_energy.htm

 

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

is the nation’s primary laboratory focused exclusively on renewable energy and energy efficiency issues. NREL established an Alaska program in February 2009, with an emphasis on Alaska rural energy opportunities and challenges. Regarding EE&C, NREL’s activities have mostly focused on working with and supporting other entities, including AHFC, AEA and Renewable Energy Alaska Project, to help initiate and coordinate other programs. In addition, NREL has expertise on development of building/construction codes exceeding standards for enhanced energy efficiency.
For more information:
Brian Hirsch, Senior Project Leader – Alaska
Phone: (907) 299-0268
Brian.hirsch@nrel.gov

 

Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP)

is a coalition of over 70 small and large electric utilities, businesses, conservation and consumer groups, Alaska Native organizations, and local, state and federal entities working to increase the development of renewable energy in Alaska through collaboration, education, training and advocacy.
A diverse board of directors selected from among its membership leads the organization. As a part of its mission, REAP educates the public and policy makers about the benefits of both energy efficiency and conservation, as well as clean, predictably priced, local and inexhaustible renewable energy.
For more information go to:
www.realaska.org
308 G Street, Suite 207 Anchorage, Alaska 99501
Phone: (907) 929-7770
Fax: (907) 929-1646
info@REalaska.org

 

The Rural Alaska Community Action Program Inc. (RurAL CAP)

is a private, statewide, nonprofit organization that has worked to improve the quality of life for low-income Alaskans since 1965. RurAL CAP provides resources and services to enhance child and family development, improve housing, save energy, develop leadership, promote environmental conservation, prevent substance abuse and foster independent living. RurAL CAP’s energy programs consist of: Weatherization Services, the VISTA Energy Program, RAVEN, the AmeriCorps Program, the Energy Wise Program and Rural Energy Enterprises.
For more information:
www.ruralcap.com/
P.O. Box 200908 Anchorage, Alaska 99520
Phone: (907) 279-2511
Fax: (907) 278-2309

 

Southeast Alaska Conservation Council (SEACC)

is a coalition of 14 conservation groups in 12 communities in Southeast Alaska, stretching along the coast from Ketchikan to Yakutat. SEACC’s goal is to safeguard the integrity of Southeast Alaska’s unsurpassed natural environment, while supporting the sustainable use of our region’s natural resources. Using energy wisely and efficiently is a key component of sustainable and healthy communities in Southeast Alaska, and SEACC is dedicated to helping the region’s villages and organizations take advantage of new energy efficiency technologies and opportunities. Visit sustainangoon.org for an example of a recent energy efficiency project co-sponsored by SEACC.
For more information:
www.seacc.org
Southeast Alaska Conservation Council,
419 Sixth Street, Suite 200,
Juneau, Alaska 99801
(907) 586-6942
info@seacc.org

 

Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference (SWAMC)

is a non-profit regional economic development organization for Southwest Alaska. SWAMC serves three sub regions of Southwest Alaska: the Aleutian/Pribilofs, Bristol Bay and Kodiak. SWAMC was formed out of the common interests of the region encompassing the Aleutians East Borough, the Aleutians West Census Area, the Bristol Bay Borough, the Dillingham Census Area, the Kodiak Island Borough, and the Lake and Peninsula Borough. In 1988, municipal leaders from the region forged a partnership to advocate for the needs of rural communities and the responsible development of the region’s core economic sector – commercial seafood harvesting and processing.
The SWAMC Energy Project started in December 2005 and was developed as a means to document energy costs, increase energy conservation and efficiency efforts, and facilitate alternative energy development within the SWAMC region. The goal of the Energy Project is to assist Southwestern Alaska communities in lowering energy costs by focusing on energy conservation, investment in renewable energy and cooperative purchasing agreements.
For more information:
www.swamc.org
3300 Arctic Boulevard, Suite 203
Anchorage, Alaska 99503
Phone: (907) 562-7380

 

United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDARD)

has several energy programs, but the Rural Energy for America Program is the best fit for most renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in Alaska. This program is designed for small businesses and agriculture producers, including loggers and fishermen, and applies anywhere in the state except for the Municipality of Anchorage. Under REAP, the USDA can fund up to 25 percent of a project with grant funds (the maximum grant is $500,000). If applicants later decide to include loans, the USDA can cover up to 75 percent (25 percent grant, 50 percent guaranteed loan) under REAP.
The USDA’s Rural Development program can combine any state grant funds with federal grant funds, but not with other federal grants. If projects have already obtained federal grant funds they can still be supported with USDARD’s guaranteed loans. The loans can support projects of up to $50,000,000 on Renewable Energy and $25,000,000 on energy efficiency.
For more information:
http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/ak/
Phone: (907) 761-7705

 

University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extensive Service Energy and Housing Program.

Under the direction of Art Nash, Energy and Housing Specialist, the mission of the Energy and Housing Program is to objectively bring the best possible housing technology information to Alaskan homeowners and builders. Using research facilities of the University and the national research networks of federal institutions and private corporations, Extension brings to you – through newsletters, publications, and personal consultations in education – the best information available on housing technology.
For more information:
http://www.uaf.edu/ces/
Cooperative Extension Service
308 Tanana Loop, Room 101
P.O. Box 756180
Fairbanks, Alaska 99775-6180
Phone: (907) 474-5211
Fax: (907) 474-2631
e-mail: cesweb@uaf.edu

 

The UAF Bristol Bay Campus

has developed a sustainable energy program, which has a strong energy efficiency component. Classes offered include topics such as weatherization, building science, lighting and appliances, and basic physics related to electricity and heat. Most classes are distance-delivered via Internet and phone and are available statewide. They are now offering an Occupational Endorsement in Sustainable Energy and have adopted a Construction Trades Technology Certificate program. Besides education, the sustainable energy program includes numerous outreach activities. For example, the Bristol Bay Campus was awarded a Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) of $88,000 from the USDA to be used to improve energy efficiency of small business buildings in the Bristol Bay region in 2010. Also, the Bristol Bay Campus built a small, super energy efficient building known as the Passive Office which serves as an educational model. The building is located in Dillingham and is largely based on the Passive House Standard.
For more information or to register for classes today visit our website: www.uaf.edu/bbesl/sustainable-energy.
Contact: cochambers@alaska.edu

 

The Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council (YRITWC)

is an Indigenous grassroots organization, consisting of 70 First Nations and Tribes, dedicated to the protection and preservation of the Yukon River Watershed.
Their vision is “to be able to drink water directly from the Yukon River.” Though they work on much more than just energy, the YRITWC has a department dedicated to renewable energy and energy efficiency.
In 2009, the Watershed Council helped provide Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency technology training to 20 students, and plans to continue doing so. The YRITWC also has a number of other renewable energy projects, every year installing at least one alternative energy project on the watershed.
For more information:
725 Christensen Drive, Suite 3
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 258-3337
Fax: (907) 258-3339
http://www.yritwc.org/