REAP Accomplishments

Advocacy

Photo Credit: Bethany Goodrich

Photo Credit: Bethany Goodrich


State Policy
– REAP played an integral role in 2010 in the passage of two energy laws critical to ensuring Alaskans have a steady, long-term supply of energy at stable prices. REAP served on a 16-member citizen stakeholder group that helped craft House Bill 306, a statewide energy policy that set goals of 50% by 2025 of the state’s electricity to come from renewable sources, and 15% by 2020 to improve energy efficiency on a per capita basis. REAP also was integral to the passage of SB 220, an omnibus energy bill that creates the policies and programs to help Alaska achieve these goals. Among other things, SB 220, creates an Emerging Energy Technology Fund to fund emerging technologies, sets up a $250 million low-interest revolving loan fund to fund energy efficiency improvements in public buildings, and mandates energy efficiency retrofits in 25% of the largest public buildings by 2020.

Renewable Energy Grant Fund – REAP helped craft and find sponsors for House Bill 152 which resulted in the creation of the Alaska Renewable Energy Grant Fund and state appropriations of $57 million since 2008 have leveraged over $200 million in private and federal investment for renewable energy projects. REAP Executive Director Chris Rose was also appointed by the Governor to serve on the state’s Renewable Energy Grant Fund Advisory Committee, which helps the Alaska Energy Authority recommend projects for funding to the state legislature. More information at: Renewable Energy Grant Fund

Energy Efficiency – In April 2008, the legislature passed Senate Bill 289, which committed $360 million to energy efficiency programs in the state. (That compares to approximately $150 million spent cumulatively by the state between 1980 and 2008). Since then REAP has successfully advocated for the state’s home energy efficiency programs, securing state appropriations that total more than $600 million. So far, over 40,000 homes have participated in the programs, reducing heating bills by an average of 30 percent, and collectively saving the equivalent of an estimated 25 million gallons of heating oil in 2016. REAP has made educating lawmakers on the merits of energy efficiency a priority.

Education


K-12 Education
– REAP developed and now promotes the AK EnergySmart energy efficiency curriculum to K-12 schools across the state, reaching over 4,000 students annually. REAP is also the State Facilitator for the Wind for Schools program in Alaska, and successfully led the effort, along with the Alaska Center for Energy and Power, to have Alaska added in 2010 to the list of 11 states accepted to this national program. More information at: Wind for Schools

Events – REAP has organized educational forums in communities across the state including the Alaska Wind Working Group which convenes wind energy stakeholders across Alaska, hosted in collaboration with the Alaska Center for Energy and Power and international wind-diesel conferences. REAP has also hosted eleven annual Alaska Renewable Energy Fairs and six annual Business of Clean Energy in Alaska conferences that brought expert speakers from the around the world to Anchorage to meet and network with Alaskans. Speakers have included former CIA director James Woolsey, former National Security Advisor Robert McFarlane and Governors Bill Ritter (CO), Chet Culver (IA) and Jennifer Granholm (MI).

Renewable Energy Atlas – REAP, in cooperation with the state Alaska Energy Authority in 2006, published the first ever comprehensive atlas detailing Alaska’s renewable energy resources, including wind, solar, geothermal, hydro, biomass, and tidal. The report, which also includes information on existing renewable energy projects in Alaska, has been updated twice and more than 22,000 copies have been distributed statewide. Download the Renewable Energy Atlas of Alaska

Tour Green

REAP initiated the Tour Green program to enable Alaska businesses to demonstrate their commitment to the advancement of renewable energy in the state of Alaska and provide opportunities for visitors to contribute to the preservation of Alaska’s striking landscape, clean air and remarkable natural resources. Tour Green affiliates typically charge a $2 opt in or embedded fee and have contributed to tens of thousands of dollars that go directly to education and advocacy to advance renewable energy in the state of Alaska. For more information click here.

Microgrids

Thanks in large part to our advocacy efforts Alaska is now home to 40% of the worlds rural integrated system microgrids. REAP promotes Alaska as a world-leader in in the engineering, implementation and operation and maintenance of remote, renewable microgrids in Washington D.C., and at conferences worldwide.

In addition, REAP in conjunction with the Island Institute in Maine, started the Islanded Grid Resource Center in 2014 as a way to connect island and islanded communities across the United States to share information and expertise on energy challenges and opportunities, specifically those involving wind power. The Resource Center is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s WINDExchange program and by participant contributions. The goal is be a resource to connect islanded grid operators, researchers, technical experts, government agencies and communities across the United States and across the world so they can share information and collaborate to make well-informed decisions about wind power and other energy solutions.