State renewable energy grants are Bush boon 

By Tim Bradner in the Anchorage Daily News: When government does things right, it’s worth a pat on the back.With that in mind, let’s give credit to our Alaska Energy Authority, state legislators and Gov. Sean Parnell, who have given steady support to a renewable energy grant program aimed mainly at helping small rural villages.

The program is already reducing these communities’ reliance on costly diesel for power generation and space heating. It’s a worthy public investment because reducing the amount rural Alaskans spend on diesel keeps cash at home, strengthening the local village economy. It’s also good for the state’s larger cities, including Anchorage, because rural residents will have more money to spend on purchases here. Money stays in Alaska rather than going to purchase oil from countries that are sometimes unfriendly. Read more:

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