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REAP Newsletter: 2013 Highlights, Clean Energy Forum and MORE


Renewable Energy Alaska Project

REAP Updates, January 2014

Happy New Year!

I hope your 2014 is off to a great start. We have a lot of important items to report on this month, including a wrap up of REAP's 2013 clean energy highlights, another Clean Energy Forum and more! Please read ahead to learn about all the great things REAP is doing to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency in Alaska.



10 Clean Energy Highlights in 2013

A lot of great events have happened in the world of renewable energy and energy efficiency this past year. Here are a few of REAP's favorite highlights from 2013:
  1. Exploration at Pilgrim Hot Springs near Nome continues
  2. Cost of wind power in the United States is now competitive with fossil fuels
  3. Alaska Legislature appropriates $25 million to Round VI of the Alaska Renewable Energy Fund and $2 million to Round II of the Emerging Energy Technology Fund
  4. REAP announces Energy Education Manager position and the launch of the Alaska Network for Energy Education
  5. President Obama directs the Federal Government to consume 20% of its electricity from renewables by 2020
  6. Yakutat Wave receives preliminary FERC permitting, moving forward with development
  7. REAP launches its "1,000 Alaska Energy Stories" project
  8. CIRI begins developing Phase 2 of the Fire Island wind farm
  9. Alaska Legislature appropriates $51 million to AHFC's Home Energy Rebate and Weatherization programs
  10. United States expected to surpass Germany in solar power capacity

Clean Energy Forum - "Alaska Clean Energy Updates: Policy, Programs & Projects in 2014"
Thursday, January 9th | 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Wilda Marston Theatre, ZJ Loussac Library | 3600 Denali Street, Anchorage

Join REAP for another FREE Clean Energy Forum on Thursday, January 9th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Wilda Marston Theatre in the Loussac Library. This event is a part of REAP’s ongoing Clean Energy Lecture Series, which takes place on the second Thursday of each month and features energy experts from across the state to discuss renewable energy and energy efficiency in Alaska. 

As Alaskans face a declining state budget and increasing energy costs, many leaders are looking more and more to renewables and energy efficiency as ways to promote clean, stably priced energy solutions for our state. This month Chris Rose, Executive Director of the Renewable Energy Alaska Project, will provide an overview of Alaska’s clean energy programs, and outline REAP’s education efforts for the 2014 legislative session. Not in Anchorage but still want to attend? Click HERE to register for REAP’s live forum webinar.

DON’T FORGET!! Starting this month REAP’s forums will be held on the second Thursday of each month at the Wilda Marston Theatre in the Loussac Library. We hope to see you there!

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Member Spotlight - Kodiak Electric Association

Kodiakwindcopy_forweb.jpgEach month REAP highlights one of our Organizational Members and their work promoting clean energy in Alaska. For January, we interviewed Jennifer Richcreek, Regulatory Specialist for Kodiak Electric Association. KEA is a pioneer in renewable energy development in Alaska; currently over 90% of their electricity comes from renewables. Additionally, a newly installed a high efficiency battery system prevents the utility from having to turn on their diesel generators when the wind drops off.

Click HERE to read our entire interview with Jennifer and learn more about renewable energy in Kodiak!

Pick.Click.Give. in 2014

PCG_REAP.jpgDo you "LovAlaska" as much as we do? Consider donating a portion of your 2014 Permanent Fund Dividend through Pick.Click.Give. and help organizations like REAP continue to do amazing things for our state. Sharing a portion of your PFD is a great way to show your love for Alaska!

REAP is thrilled to be participating in Pick.Click.Give. for the third year in a row. In 2013 119 donors gave a total of $6,300 from their PFDs to REAP. Wow!  We appreciate your growing support for our mission, and look forward to continuing our advocacy efforts in 2014.

Please consider donating part of your Permanent Fund Dividend to REAP this year. Simply file for your PFD online and choose REAP from the list of eligible organizations. 

Already filed, but still want to give? Not to worry! The PFD application deadline is March 31st, but you can add or change your Pick.Click.Give. selections until August 31st. 

Click HERE for more information.

Save the Date 

BCEA_Logo.jpgMark your calendars for the 6th annual Business of Clean Energy in Alaska Conference, May 1-2, 2014, at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage. This year’s Keynotes will include Denis Hayes, CEO of the Bullitt Center and Chair of the international Earth Day Network. More information on conference speakers and panels will be available soon on the BCEA website.

In the mean time, be sure to check out REAP's videos of past BCEA presentations!

 Clean Energy Classes

Do you want to learn more about where our energy comes from and how it's used in our day to day lives? The UAF Bristol Bay Campus is offering a four credit online course on "Energy and Society". Students will investigate the sources, conversion, distribution and ultimate dispersion of energy, as well as the consequences of its use in the development and maintenance of modern society. This class will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:50 to 8:20 pm, January 16th through May 9th. For more information or to register contact Michael Golub, migolub@alaska.edu, or call (907) 842-8368.

 In the News

Jefferson Public Radio: "Northwest Teams Lead a Growing 'Green Sports' Movement

Alaska Dispatch: "Findland to switch on major solar power facility next year"

CBS News: "Obama to Feds - Boost renewable power by 20 percent"

Star Tribune: "Massive solar plan for Minnesota wins bid over gas"

Upcoming Events

January 9th - Clean Energy Forum

January 10th - Building a Happy Home: Comfortable, Efficient & Affordable (Anchorage)

January 11th - Building a Happy Home: Comfortable, Efficient & Affordable (Wasilla)

February 13th - Clean Energy Forum

March 13th - Clean Energy Forum

New & Returning REAP Members

Individual Donors: Alteneder Family | Nancy Bale | Matt Bergan | Daniel Berube | Stephen Cleary | D. Keith Comstock | Peter Crimp | John Davies | Christi & Brad DeNoble | George Donart | Larry Edwards | Kim Faust | Jeff Fair | Mary Garrett | Frank Gwartney | David & Susan Hardenbergh | Michael Hekkers | Gary Hennigh | John Hickey | Jim Jager | Matt Jones & Anne Wilkas | Onnie Kendall | Margaret King | Leslie Kleinfeld | Shelly & Buck Laukitis | Kristopher Maled | Jay Mantri | Dori McDannold | Paul McIntosh  | Alan Mitchell | Duff Mitchell | Mary Ann Nickles | Brent Petrie | Kathleen Prentki | John Randall | Matt Rafferty | Bruce Roberts | George Roe | Chris Rose | Renae Saade | Albert Sakata | Sheila Selkregg | Darryl Schaefermeyer | Nancy & Mark Schrag | Jae Shin | Scott Sterling | Sonja Tobiessen | Elen Troll | Kate Troll | Linda Van Wallinga | Ron Vecera | John Weddleton | Kate Wedemeyer & Steve Zemke | Dean Westlake | Richard Wies | Luise Woelflein & Dan Bogan | Lynne Woods | Organizational Members: Alaska Environmental Power, LLC | Bering Straits Native Corporation | Bristol Bay Native Association | City of King Cove | Chenega Energy, LLC | IBEW 1547 | Juneau Hydropower, Inc | Northwest Edison | UAF, Bristol Bay Campus | Supporting Organizations: Alaska Wilderness League | Denali National Park Wilderness Centers


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