Great Alaska Energy Challenge releases mid-challenge results

At the midpoint of the six-month Great Alaska Energy Challenge, participating state-owned facilities saved enough electricity to power 30 Anchorage homes for a year.

The Great Alaska Energy Challenge, launched by Governor Bill Walker, challenges state employees to reduce energy consumption and save state resources. The voluntary competition runs from October 1, 2016 through March 31, 2017.

At the three-month mark, three facilities led the way: Dillingham Public Health Center, Alaska Housing Finance Corporation’s Reka Drive Fourplex, and AHFC’s Bethel headquarters. Of the 36 participating facilities, more than half are Department of Health and Social Services facilities. See who the top ten performers are for each category.

“The Challenge has given our facilities the opportunity to feel good about ourselves, our workplace and our amazing facilities,” said Keith Stephens, facilities manager for the department. “As we are seeing through this challenge, energy efficiency is a way we can help the state save money.”

The challenge evaluates data in four categories: lowest heat use, lowest electric use, biggest reduction in heat use, and biggest reduction in electric use. For each participating facility, data are compared to the prior year and adjusted for square footage and temperature.

The Great Alaska Energy Challenge hopes to inspire Alaskans across the state to take action to reduce energy consumption. Energy efficiency is one of the best tools to combat the high cost of energy in Alaska – because the cheapest energy is the energy we don’t use.

According to the “6th Energy Annual Legislative Report,” released in January the state has completed energy savings performance projects in 69 facilities and has achieved cumulative annual cost avoidance greater than $3.2 million.

The Great Alaska Energy Challenge is a partnership of Governor’s Office and the nonprofit Renewable Energy Alaska Project. For more information, please see www.akenergychallenge.org.

Contacts:      Shaina Kilcoyne, Energy Efficiency Director, Renewable Energy Alaska Project, 907-331-7409 or s.kilcoyne@realaska.org

Rebecca Braun, Policy Director, Office of Governor Bill Walker, 907-465-4022 or Rebecca.Braun@Alaska.Gov