Renewable Energy Push in DC
Alaskan Wind Industries is pushing for renewable energies in Alaska for our residents
Recently Alaskan Wind Industries visited the DC offices of Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich. The question that needed to be asked was what happened to stimulus monies that were appropriated to the State of Alaska for renewable energy? It was rumored that money had been set aside and a commission was being organized to appropriate and disperse rebates to residents of Alaska that incorporated renewable energy systems into homes and businesses.
Currently the state of Alaska offers no incentives for homeowners to purchase or install such systems, yet many states in the lower 48 do. Incentive are also offered by many of the electrical utilities of those states. Alaska does however help homeowners with efficiency rebates, this is a much needed and utilized system that has 6kW Proven in Nikiski AK helped many, so the state is getting there. Alaska has great potential for renewable energies, however the state is in it's infancy with incorporating the technologies that are available. Alaska should utilize all resources available to build and maintain a strong economy in the oil and gas industry, as well as coal and lumber. So the answer from one representative was a slightly bowed head, some shoulder shrugging with several pauses that led to a confusing tangent about how his fellow representative was out of touch with Alaska. Our other representative was not able to comment as she was not available to attend. We all know that Alaska needs an LNG pipeline built by Alaskans that runs through Alaska, drilling rigs that have a home in ANWAR, and incentives to help homeowners install renewable energy systems. If it happens at all, it wont be for awhile, but we can start small right now, lets get some incentives or energy credits for our elderly that are on fixed incomes, disabled vets, and businesses that employee Alaskans. Alaskas reps nehttps://ui.constantcontact.com/rnavmap/evaluate.rnav/pidg66OS44HEcswzgAK6s2A116ed to help those that have helped build this state into what it is and those that protect Alaska and our nation, because often these are the folks that have the hardest times adjusting to what can be, brutal increases in energy costs.
Nadia Daggett (project Manager from Alaskan Wind Industries) and Kyle Lemmon Kyle Lemmon (Newest Intern for Alaskan Wind Industries) were able to speak one on one with Murkowski & Begich, which left both feeling like they at least they tried . These two renewable energy enthusiast were not pushing for caps or trades that would hurt our own domestic economy, but to help with incentives to allow us an easy transition off of foreign oils which help our enemies and drive our oil prices to extreme highs.
Kyle Lemmon which just graduated from High School and is now one of the new trained installers and assessors for Alaskan Wind Industries. He spent 4 days in travel to DC in hopes to help residents throughout Alaska to obtain some incentives to install alternative energies into our economy. One retired resident in Happy Valley pointed out that he is putting up above $16,000 to help our economy become more independent on foreign oils and more diversified and our own utilities and Alaskan government will not support him... why? Resident in Anchor point states.
An article back in August 2009 stated that Alaska received over $14 billion for renewable energies and efficiency and that "Alaska will also establish a Residential Renewable Energy Rebate Program to provide rebates of up to $3,750 per household when homeowners install specific renewable energy systems on their homes"... where is this money Alaskan Wind Industry asks our Alaskan State Representatives. Both our candidates did not respond...
Link to announcement and Article referred to: http://www.energy.gov/7833.htm and below:
August 25, 2009
Obama Administration Awards More than $51 Million for State Energy Programs in Alaska, Guam and New Jersey Funding Will Speed Adoption of Efficiency and Renewable Energy Technologies WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced more than $51 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to support energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in Alaska, Guam and New Jersey. Under DOE's State Energy Program, states and territories have proposed statewide plans that prioritize energy savings, create or retain jobs, increase the use of renewable energy, and reduce carbon pollution.
"This funding will provide an important boost for state economies, help to put Americans back to work, and move us toward energy independence," said Secretary Chu. "It reflects our commitment to support innovative state and local strategies to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy while insisting that taxpayer dollars be spent responsibly."
The states and territories receiving funding today will now have received 50 percent of their total Recovery Act SEP funding. The remaining 50 percent of funds will be released once the states meet reporting, oversight, and accountability milestones required by the Recovery Act.
Activities eligible for State Energy Program funding include energy audits, building retrofits, education and training efforts, transportation programs to increase the use of alternative fuels and hybrid vehicles, and new financing mechanisms to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy investments.
The Recovery Act appropriated $3.1 billion to the State Energy Program (SEP) to help promote energy efficiency and clean energy deployment, as well as to support local economic recovery. States use these grants at the state and local level to create green jobs and address state energy priorities.
Transparency and accountability are important priorities for SEP and all Recovery Act projects. Throughout the program's implementation, DOE will provide strong oversight at the local, state, and national level, while emphasizing with states the need to quickly award funds to help create new jobs and stimulate local economies.
The following states and territories are receiving awards today:
ALASKA - $14,116,000 awarded today
The state of Alaska will use its Recovery Act SEP funding to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy across the state, particularly in Alaska's many rural communities. The Alaska Energy Authority's Alternative Energy and Efficiency Program (AEEE) will focus on outreach efforts and technical assistance to improve efficiency in schools, commercial buildings, industrial users, and large local facilities. In addition, AEEE will help communities develop pilot projects that integrate electrical and heating needs into a combined energy system powered by renewable energy. These systems will reduce diesel use, save money on the cost of energy and decrease a community's carbon footprint.
In addition, the state will expand its Whole Community Retrofit program, which conducts energy retrofit assessments on community and residential buildings in rural Alaska. Once recommendations have been approved, the program works to implement the retrofits, reducing energy use and energy costs for rural communities across the state. Alaska will also establish a Residential Renewable Energy Rebate Program to provide rebates of up to $3,750 per household when homeowners install specific renewable energy systems on their homes.
Alaska is receiving 50 percent of its total State Energy Program (SEP) funding authorized under the Recovery Act today. After demonstrating successful implementation of its plan, the state will receive more than $14 million in additional funding, for a total of over $28 million.
GUAM - $7,639,200 awarded today
Guam will use its Recovery Act SEP funds to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy though energy efficiency retrofits, strong policy leadership, and public education efforts. In public buildings across Guam, the territory's Energy Office will conduct energy audits and put in place cost-effective energy retrofits. In addition, lighting efficiency standards will be incorporated as part of the procurement regulations, and public officials will be trained to maximize the energy efficiency of lighting installations.
In order to set a strong policy direction in the territory, Guam continues to improve on its energy code and has teamed up with other territories and Hawaii to develop a Tropical Energy Code. The territory will also assess local renewable energy potential and deploy pilot projects, which will provide data that can be used to promote commercial market development for various renewable energy technologies.
Public education of residents, businesses, students, and even tourists will also form an important part of Guam's overall energy strategy. In particular, Guam will promote greater use of public transportation options and launch a "Do Your Part, Drive Smart" campaign that will educate drivers about fuel efficiency.
In order to ensure accountability and effective management of SEP funds, the Guam Energy Office will institute a task force to coordinate effectively between local and federal agencies and track project spending.
Guam is receiving 40 percent of its total State Energy Program (SEP) funding authorized under the Recovery Act today, adding to the initial 10 percent of funding that was previously available for training and planning purposes. After demonstrating successful implementation of its plan, the territory will receive more than $9 million in additional funding, for a total of over $19 million.
NEW JERSEY - $29,457,200 awarded today
New Jersey will use its Recovery Act SEP funding to improve energy efficiency and promote the use of renewable energy across the state's economic sectors. New Jersey's Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency will implement several financial incentive programs that will help support residential solar, residential energy efficiency and multi-family energy efficiency improvements
The state will also use Recovery Act funds to expand its existing Clean Energy Program (CEP), administered through the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. With the expanded program, the state will be able to offer energy efficiency support to consumers that are not currently eligible for funds. The Clean Energy Program will work with a variety of energy efficiency initiatives, including the Home Performance with Energy Star Program, the Pay for Performance Program, the Local Government Energy Audit Program, and the Direct Install Program.
Recovery Act funds will also support comprehensive energy audits and energy efficiency upgrades for three state institutions with multi-building campuses that provide various services for developmentally disabled citizens. New Jersey will put in place energy conservation measures that maximize energy cost savings, energy consumption and greenhouse gas emission reductions, job creation, and the public benefit.
New Jersey is receiving 40 percent of its total State Energy Program (SEP) funding authorized under the Recovery Act today, adding to the initial 10 percent of funding that was previously available for training and planning purposes. After demonstrating successful implementation of its plan, the state will receive nearly $37 million in additional funding, for a total of more than $73 million.