rePOWER southeast! 

 About

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 managed a pilot project in Southeast Alaska from August 2012 – October 2013, using demand side management (DSM) recommendations from the Integrated Resource Plan for Southeast Alaska (SE IRP) as the frame for our efforts.

Pilot Communitites

REAP focused 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 highlighted their success stories as a way to begin efforts in similarly situated Southeast Alaska locations. For example, watch this video REAP created with the help of Thrive Consulting, Sitka Conservation Society and the great folks of Kake, AK: Beyond Subsistence in Kake

Old Harbor Books Building Energy Retrofit Video Series

Video 1: Introduction to the Old Harbor Books Building

Video 2: The Alaska Commercial Buildings Energy Audit Program

Video 3: Energy Recommendations for the OHB Building

Video 4: Energy Efficiency Implementation

Video 5: Saving Energy and Saving Money

Check out more videos in the rePOWER southeast! album.

A Pilot Project

‘rePOWER southeast’ is a pilot project intended to generate awareness of energy saving measures through a community-by-community approach. REAP believes that the methodology it developed for this pilot could be scaled and replicated to implement energy efficiency and conservation (EE&C) measures in other areas of the state.  The final report and methodology is a reflection of REAP’s work, including a consideration of the successes, opportunities, weaknesses, trends and lessons REAP learned in its effort to develop a methodology for community-by-community energy reduction outreach.

Methods of implementing community energy efficiency and conservation that REAP employed during the project included:

  • Engaging energy and building professionals and community leaders
  • Framing issues locally, with an emphasis on dollars leaving the community
  • Connecting community members with programs and resources
  • Broadcasting success stories within the community and rest of Southeast Alaska

Because REAP’s office is located more than 600 miles from the three Southeast Alaska communities it worked in over the course of the project, REAP worked hard to develop what it hopes will be long-term relationships with community leaders. Furthermore, REAP put a heavy emphasis on identifying and fostering local community leaders to become energy efficiency and conservation champions and messengers who could carry on after the pilot ended.

Total Community Energy Dollar

REAP believes it is compelling for people to begin to understand the amount of money that each of their respective communities is exporting to purchase fuel.  To use what it called this Total Community Energy Dollar (TCED) approach to motivate local leaders and individuals to change their thinking and behavior towards EE&C, REAP began to establish community specific estimates of energy use and – more importantly – energy cost.  This TCED was a combination of the total estimated amount of liquid fuels that each community currently imports for heat, electricity and transportation. Since none of the three pilot communities process or produce these any of these refined oil products themselves, money spent on these resources are exported out of the local economy. In each community, this relatively rather large figure was used to gain people’s attention and encourage action.

Using the TCED approach also helped them define what the meaning of “15%” was relative to the state’s “15% by 2020” energy use reduction goal passed by the legislature 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 if no EE&C efforts are made.

More Information

Contact project manager, Shaina Kilcoyne, Energy Efficiency Director: s.kilcoyne@realaska.org (907) 929-7770 ext. 11

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.