October 27, 2009
From the LA Times: President Obama and administration officials today will announce $3.4 billion in spending projects to modernize the nation’s electric power system. The president will offer details on funding for the “smart grid” during an appearance at a solar plant in Arcadia, Fla. White House officials said the projects would create tens of thousands of jobs in the near term and lay the groundwork for changing how Americans use and pay for energy.The spending is aimed at improving the efficiency and reliability of the U.S. power supply, and helping to create markets for wind and solar power, officials said. They also said it would create “smart meters” to help consumers use electricity when demand is low and when rates are cheaper — for example, by running dishwashers and other energy-thirsty appliances in the middle of the night. Read more
October 15, 2009
From Rena Delbridge at Alaska Dispatch: In an effort to increase the spending power of $658,000 in federal stimulus money, the state will offer purchase incentives for energy-efficient appliances only to disabled Alaskans, rather than all residents. The funds will be available as rebates for Alaskans who toss their old, energy-hogging appliances and replace them with models that meet Energy Star criteria. Alaska’s share is being managed by the Alaska Housing Finance Corp., which worked closely with Gov. Sean Parnell’s administration to craft eligibility and terms and is the official state energy agency designated to manage American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds. Read more
October 2, 2009
From Rena Delbridge at the Alaska Dispatch: Gov. Sean Parnell submitted a plan to federal energy officials Wednesday on how to spend what may be the state’s most controversial $28.2 million — stimulus money that his predecessor, Sarah Palin, rejected before resigning in July. Under Parnell’s plan, much of the stimulus funding would go toward energy-efficiency improvements in schools and government buildings. His administration’s proposal also identifies a way for the state to turn the $28 million into roughly $86 million by tapping the state’s credit line or issuing bonds that would be repaid with savings realized by the efficiency upgrades. Read more
September 22, 2009
U.S. DOE is giving $3 million dollars in energy efficiency and conservation grants to Alaska communities. The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), provides funds to units of local and state government, Indian tribes, and territories to develop and implement projects to improve energy efficiency and reduce energy use and fossil fuel emissions in their communities. Five Alaska communities will receive the grants, including nearly $2.7 million for Anchorage. The other communities are:
Aleutians East Borough: $50,000
Ketchikan Gateway Borough: $100,000
For more information on the program, go here
September 2, 2009
APRN reports on new federal stimulus funding for people upgrading to more energy efficiency appliances. Alaska has about $650,000 for the program, but the details of how it would be doled out and who would be eligible are still being worked out. AHFC also has a short update on the program.
August 7, 2009
The state legislature has called a special session for this coming Monday, August 10th, to override former Governor Sarah Palin’s veto of $28.6 million in federal stimulus funds for renewable energy and energy efficiency. Governor Sean Parnell has said he’ll request the funds from the federal government if it takes place. Alaska was the only state to refuse the money.
So what could the money be used for?
The Alaska Housing Finance Corporation in March created a planned list of uses for the $28.6 million. The money would go to programs administered by the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation and the Alaska Energy Authority. The list included programs to:
- develop statewide greenbuilding standards
- provide rebates to residents who set up renewable energy systems
- pay for energy efficiency education workshops
- fund weatherization upgrades of homes
- provide matching funds for energy audits of commercial facilities in the state.
- provide rebates, incentives or payments for commerical, industrial and institutional facilities installing energy efficent equipment.
- fund research and development on renewable energy systems for communities to provide both electricity and heat.
Let your legislator know how you feel about this important issue. Every constituent’s voice is important. For legislative contact information click HERE
July 22, 2009
Cooper Landing Walkable Community needs your presence at our planning workshop August 11 and 12. We are working towards a more walkable community for safety, health benefits, environmental protection, economic stimulus, and energy conservation. We need your input.
Your RSVP in the affirmative is greatly appreciated!