Great Alaska Energy Challenge

The Great Alaska Energy Challenge is Underway!

Governor Bill Walker is challenging State employees to a friendly competition to see how much energy they can save.

The Great Alaska Energy Challenge is a voluntary competition between State facilities to reduce their energy use over a six-month period. The contest will run from October 2016 through March 2017 when our energy bills are at their highest.

We are ecstatic by the great interest in this competition!  Nearly 40 facilities have stepped up to the challenge. Click here to learn which buildings are competing.  Be sure to check back for updates about how participants are saving energy and find out who will come out on top.

This project has several important objectives, chiefly:

  • To save state money;
  • To demonstrate to Alaskans that state employees are good stewards of public resources;
  • To celebrate our successes, share lessons, and encourage further energy savings; and
  • To empower state workers to “lead by example:” Through teamwork and personal commitment, we can do something good for the state budget and for the environment.

Click Here to read Governor Walker’s letter to Commissioners and Agency leaders encouraging them to join the Challenge.

Winners will be declared in four categories:

  • Greatest Reduction – Heat
  • Greatest Reduction – Electricity
  • Lowest Use – Heat
  • Lowest Use – Electricity

The competition will track heat and electricity usage monthly for each participating building, adjusting for local temperature and square footage. Learn more about the judging guidelines here. Some FAQs are discussed here.

Reductions can be made through conservation (e.g., unplugging equipment that is not in use) and/or energy efficiency upgrades (e.g., installing more efficient lighting).

Any questions about the contest should be directed to Shaina Kilcoyne, Energy Efficiency Director at Renewable Energy Alaska Project, 907-331-7409 or


  • The application period is now closed.
  • Mark your calendars for a webinar on October 25th, 10 – 11am: Alaska Housing Finance Corporation will discuss its open source building monitoring system that measures real-time energy use and provides a summary of building operating performance.
  • Join the WebEx meeting online
    • Meeting number (access code): 928 024 874
    • Meeting password: BMON
  • Or Join by Phone
    • 1-877-668-4493 Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada)
    • 1-650-479-3208 Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada)
  • Contact Shaina Kilcoyne at REAP: or (907) 331-7409



The Great Alaska Energy Challenge is managed by the Governor’s Office, Renewable Energy Alaska Project and the Alaska Energy Authority with support from the Department of Environmental Conservation, the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, the Department of Administration, and the Office of Management and Budget.