Great Alaska Energy Challenge

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. Winners will be announced in late spring 2017.

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.

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.

Reductions can be made through conservation (unplugging equipment that is not in use) and/or energy efficiency (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


  • Applications are due by end of business on October 7.
  • Informational teleconference October 11, 11-11:30am., 1-800-315-6338, access code 35001
  • 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.