With fall comes crisp nights and falling leaves, but also rising energy costs. Governor Walker proclaimed October 2017 as Alaska Energy Awareness Month, in an effort to bring our focus to the resources we are fortunate to have at our fingertips. Alaska is home to some of the greatest renewable energy sources in the world. From 2008 to 2015 the Renewable Energy Fund helped create more than 70 renewable energy projects, displacing over 30 million diesel equivalent gallons and generating tens of millions of dollars in savings for consumers. Energy efficiency, such as switching to LED lights, replacing weather stripping, [...]
REAP continues its work to establish an independent "system operator" that would bring together all six utilities in the Railbelt (Chugach Electric Association, Anchorage Municipal Light and Power, the City of Seward, Homer Electric Association, Matanuska Electric Association and Golden Valley Electric Association) into a new organization to consider electric issues on a regional basis. One of REAP's primary goals is to create a platform for regional energy planning that would address issues related to access to the grid, and the cost of transmitting and integrating renewable power. The system operator would also create a region-wide "load balancing area" into [...]
State Facilities Compete to Save Energy and Money The Department of Corrections and the Department of Health and Social Services led the way to victory during the Great Alaska Energy Challenge. State employees took up the challenge to reduce energy consumption and save state resources. Despite the colder winter, the 36 facilities saved enough energy over six months to power 230 homes for a year, or the equivalent of 986 barrels of oil. Read the Governor's Press Release. Participants statewide have been fastidiously turning off lights, optimizing equipment schedules, and calculating savings through energy upgrades. Governor Bill Walker challenged state [...]
All the recent sunshine has people asking us about the possibilities of adding solar energy to their home. And why not? As an arctic region, we get more hours of sun than states in the Lower 48. Solar panels function more efficiently in cold, sunny climates, and most places in Alaska that experience a good amount of clear weather (including Southcentral and Interior Alaska where the vast majority of Alaskans live) have an excellent solar resource for seven to eight months of the year. Below are some resources to help you determine whether solar photovoltaic (PV) is a good [...]
Led by Andy Baker of Your Clean Energy, the 9th Annual Anchorage Solar Tour included commercial and residential sites in the Anchorage bowl. KTUU highlights homeowners working towards zero electric costs: Anchorage Solar Tour Shows a Future with Zero Energy Bills Dozens of people attended the tour, interested in how the technology is working in our northern climate. Despite our high latitude, solar is starting to play a more significant role for businesses and families in Alaska.