Governor Proclaims October as Energy Awareness Month

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, [...]

By | September 29th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

ISO Update

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 [...]

By | September 29th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

REAP and Governor’s Office Announce Energy Competition Results

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 [...]

By | September 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Top 10 ways to Go Green this school year

Note: This post was written by Energy Education Director Colleen Fisk and originally published on the AK EnergySmart website here. The ads for back to school have already started, so I wanted to put in my plug for choosing some green options in your school shopping and in the classroom for both parents and educators. I saw a challenge from a Colorado group where they were asking people to pledge to do 5 things to "go green" for the school year, which inspired me to think of ways that we can do that here in Alaska. Top 10 ways to [...]

By | August 16th, 2017|Energy Education|0 Comments

REcharge Academy

I spent last week in Fort Collins, Colorado at the Powerhouse Energy Campus taking a training called REcharge Academy with 25 other educators from areas throughout North America. We toured NREL's wind technology center, visited Vesta's blade manufacturing activities, and created fun stop motion movies about wind misconceptions all while learning some great lessons to teach wind and solar energy. One of the more successful "offshore" wind platforms (not mine), photo by REcharge Labs Some of the wind activities included making a sail car, designing turbine blades to test in a wind tunnel, building a MacGyver wind mill and [...]

By | July 26th, 2017|Energy Education, Staff|0 Comments