March 20, 2012
By Dave Donaldson | APRN – Juneau, Alaska: The House also today authorized a five year extension of the Renewable Energy Grant fund. In continuing the program, it also informally agreed to contribute $50-million a year to projects fitting into the Fund’s requirements.
Finance Co-Chair Bill Thomas (R-Haines) told members that the Fund has distributed $176.6-million since it was first set up in 2008. And twenty one projects have been completed. He cited the Gustavus Hydro for saving twenty seven cents a kilowatt hour, Cordova Humpback Creek hydro for saving more than ten cents a kilowatt hour, and Kodiak Pillar Mountain for saving more than fourteen cents – reducing the sale of diesel fuel by some ten million gallons statewide last year.
Anchorage Republican Charisse Millet was the Energy Committee co-chair when the program was restructured in 2010. She says Renewable Energy has had phenomenal success in rural Alaska.
Sometimes we talk about if this program’s going to last or if we can sustain that program. This is one that we should continue to fund. It has done great things for communities all over. And I think, really emphasizing displacing diesel is the key because that’s what we really started this bill to do back when we started the conversation.
Anchorage Democrat Les Gara said Alaska stands far above other states with energy conservation – saying the Grant Program benefits urban and rural residents.
We know the price of fossil fuels is getting more and more expensive. No matter which one of us has the most brilliant idea on bringing oil and gas at cheaper rates to our consumers, those prices are likely rising. Renewable energy stays the same price forever in most cases. It might start a little high, but ten years from now it’s the same price. And twenty years from now it’s the same price. Because wind doesn’t get more expensive. Read more
December 5, 2010
Rep. Harry Crawford editorial in the Anchorage Daily News::Tim Bradner’s article in Saturday’s ADN rightly praised the accomplishments, so far, of Alaska’s Renewable Energy Fund. But he missed a couple of important points that greatly change the story. Read more
November 21, 2010
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:
October 12, 2009
Nov. 10 deadline for those seeking funds
From AEA: (Anchorage) – The Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) is soliciting competitive grant applications from qualified applicants for renewable energy projects to be funded by the Alaska State Legislature.
In 2008, the Alaska Legislature established the Renewable Energy Fund and authorized AEA to administer the procedures for awarding the grants and distributing grant funds. AEA received more than 230 Round I and Round II applications which were thoroughly evaluated in accordance with the criteria set forth in the legislation. Following AEA’s recommendations, the 26th Legislature in the 2009 session approved 107 Round I and Round II renewable energy projects totaling $125 million.
AEA is seeking to recommend projects based on applications that clearly demonstrate a public benefit from the proposed project. From Round III applications received, AEA will make project recommendations to the Legislature for FY2011 funding.
AEA must receive Round III applications no later than 5:00 PM Tuesday, November 10, 2009.
The Request for Application (RFA), application forms and all contact information can be found on the web at www.akenergyauthority.org/RE_Fund-III.html. Applicants may also contact Renewable Energy Fund Grants Administrator Butch White by e-mail at email@example.com, or telephone (907) 771-3048.
July 20, 2009
In its continuing efforts to support the development and implementation of alternative and renewable energy projects in Alaska, the Denali Commission (Commission) is releasing up to $4 million towards alternative and renewable emerging energy technology and demonstration projects.
June 26, 2009
Yesterday, February 17, 2009, the Joint Legislative Budget and Audit Committee of the Alaska State Legislature made history by committing an unprecedented $100 million to the development of renewable energy projects across Alaska. The projects, totaling 77 in all, range from a wind farm in Unalakleet to solar PV construction in Ambler. The recipients come from the Round I applications to the Alaska Renewable Energy Grant Fund, a piece of legislation passed last year to help finance the construction and pre-construction of renewable energy projects across Alaska. Round II applications are currently being vetted by the Alaska Energy Authority. However, the legislature has yet to appropriate the next $50 million for Round II projects.