DOE Announces Alaska Community Efficiency Champions
US Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy
DOE Selects 64 Communities for Remote Alaskan Communities Energy Efficiency Competition
On Feb. 18, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the 64 communities designated as Community Efficiency Champions as part of the Remote Alaskan Communities Energy Efficiency (RACEE) Competition. The RACEE Competition is a $4 million initiative to significantly accelerate efforts by remote Alaskan communities to adopt sustainable energy strategies. The selected Community Efficiency Champions have pledged to reduce per capita energy use 15% by 2020. Through RACEE, the Champions will gain access to a peer network intended to empower communities with information and tools to make more informed, strategic decisions regarding their energy future. The designation also allows communities to enter the next phase and compete for technical assistance resources. In the final phase, those selected communities will compete for funds to implement their energy efficiency strategies. RACEE is a joint effort between DOE’s Office of Indian Energy and Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Read more about the RACEE Competition and view the list of Community Efficiency Champions.
RACEE Competition Webinar to be Held Feb. 25
On Thursday, Feb. 25, DOE and the Alaska Energy Authority are hosting an informational webinar on the RACEE Competition from 12-2 p.m. Alaska time. To join the webinar you will need to pre-register. A call-in number will be provided for those attendees who would prefer to join by telephone. In addition, all registered attendees will receive copies of the documents being discussed during the webinar.
Establishment of an Inter-Tribal Technical Assistance Energy Providers Network Funding Opportunity
On Feb. 15, DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz announced the availability of up to $7 million to establish an inter-tribal technical assistance energy providers' network to assist Indian tribes and Alaska Native communities regionally. Under this initial pilot, the Office of Indian Energy is seeking applications from Inter-tribal Organizations and Alaska Native Regional Corporations interested in establishing internal energy experts to provide technical energy assistance and informational resources to their member Indian tribes, including Alaska Native villages.
DOE anticipates making awards that range from $300,000 to $1,000,000 for the entire period of performance of 3–5 years. After that time it is expected that the Inter-tribal technical assistance energy provider will be financially sufficient and can continue these efforts without further DOE support.
Funding Opportunity Informational Webinar: March 1
The Office of Indian Energy is hosting an informational webinar about the funding opportunity and the application process on March 1, 2016, at 1 p.m. Mountain Time. Register now.
DOE to Host Federal Energy Track in Conjunction with Alaska Rural Energy Conference
The Office of Indian Energy is hosting a federal energy track on April 25, 2016, the day before the Alaska Rural Energy Conference, which takes place April 26–28 in Fairbanks. The energy track is an all-day event and will be open to conference attendees. Early bird rates for the conference end March 26, so register soon to take advantage of reduced registration rates. View the federal energy track draft agenda. Learn more and register for the Alaska Rural Energy Conference.
Solar Energy Prospecting in Remote Alaska
Alaska’s solar resource potential is comparable to that of Germany’s—the world leader in PV installations. A new Office of Indian Energy report on “Solar Energy Prospecting in Remote Alaska: An Economic Analysis of Solar Photovoltaics in the Last Frontier State” finds that solar could be an economically viable solution in certain locations throughout Alaska. The analysis, conducted by DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, focuses on addressing the unsustainably high cost of diesel generation in Alaska and providing reliable, resilient energy in remote areas that lack infrastructure.
Alaska has more than 175 remote village populations that rely almost exclusively on diesel fuel for electricity generation and heating oil for heat.
Electricity generated by diesel fuel in some rural Alaskan villages can cost $1.00 per kilowatt-hour or more—eight times the national average.
Alaska’s solar resource is comparable to that of Germany, which leads the world in solar installations with roughly two average-sized, 250-Watt solar photovoltaic panels for every person in the country.
The 11 villages included in this analysis are Adak, Ambler, Anaktuvuk Pass, Hughes, Kasigluk, Shungnak, St. Paul, Tenakee Springs, Venetie, Yakutat, and Wainwright.
The Office of Indian Energy's Tribal Energy Deployment Program is empowering Native leaders to energize rural Alaska. Watch our new video celebrating program successes in Alaska and other tribal communities.
Sustaining a Vision: DOE Funding Boosts Building Energy Efficiency in Yukon River Basin
In 2008, the Yukon River Inter-tribal Watershed Council (YRITWC) formed its Energy Department to help communities cope with rapidly increasing energy costs. The impacts were particularly challenging for Anaktuvuk Pass, an area subject to some of the harshest weather events in the United States. In 2010, YRITWC applied for a grant from the DOE Tribal Energy Program to make much-needed energy efficiency upgrades to five Anaktuvuk Pass buildings owned by the Nunamiut Corporation. The result? Nearly $55,000 dollars in energy cost savings per year. Read more about the Yukon River project.