In 2010, the Alaska Legislature passed HB 306, which sets a goal to increase our state’s energy efficiency 15% per capita by 2020. To reach this goal, efficiency measures and behavioral changes must be implemented across Alaska. REAP is dedicated to promoting the ongoing outreach efforts needed to make this happen, and to educate policy makers and residents alike on the benefits of being more energy efficient.
To reach the state’s energy efficiency and conservation (EE&C) goals, REAP is working in Southeast Alaska over the next 14 months, using demand side management (DSM) recommendations from the Integrated Resource Plan for Southeast Alaska (SE IRP) as the frame for our efforts.
REAP is focusing its efforts on the communities of Kake, Craig and Sitka, which it believes are representative of the different energy profiles in the region. This community-by-community approach has been successfully used in RurALCAP’s Energy Wise program. As accomplishments are made in the three test communities, REAP is highlighting their success stories as a way to begin efforts in similarly situated Southeast Alaska locations.
Old Harbor Books Building Energy Retrofit Video Series
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Total Community Energy Dollar
To motivate local leaders and individuals to change their thinking and behavior towards EE&C, REAP is developing community specific estimates of energy use and – more importantly – energy cost. These numbers will combine the estimated liquid fuels that the community would otherwise import for heat, electric and transportation. Since none of the three locations process or produce these any of these refined oil products, money spent on these resources would be exported out of the local economy.
Using this approach also helps define what 15% we are talking about when referencing the state’s goal passed in 2010. The approach allows for population growth and economic expansion to occur between now and 2020, and then estimates the amount of energy used over the next eight years if no EE&C efforts are made.
For more information on the rePOWER southeast! project, or to follow the progress of our three pilot communities, go to www.rePOWERsoutheast.org.
Learn more about statewide energy efficiency programs for residential buildings HERE, including:
- Weatherization Program
- Home Energy Rebate Program
- Energy EFficiency Interest Rate Reduction Program (EEIRR)
- Village Energy Efficiency Program
Learn more about statewide energy efficiency programs for non-residential (public and private) buildings HERE, including:
- Commercial Building Energy Audit Program
- Alternative Energy Conservation Loan Fund
- Energy Service Company (ESCO) Financing
Sustainable Energy Transmission and Supply Development Program (SETS)
Who we are
Renewable Energy Alaska Project is a coalition of energy stakeholders working to facilitate the development of renewable energy in Alaska through collaboration, education, training, and advocacy.