Happy 2012! Hope everyone had a great Holiday! Lots of upcoming events, and news so please read on.
Jan. 11 REAP FORUM:
"Alaska's First Landfill Methane Power Plant"
6-8pm * Anchorage Museum * 625 C Street
Don't miss this opportunity to hear the latest on what will be Alaska's FIRST landfill methane power plant.
Starting in 2012, this plant will tap methane produced by the Anchorage Regional Landfill to power Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson (JBER).
SPEAKER: Mark Madden, Anchorage Solid Waste Services Dir.
LIVE PODCAST: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/830056584
MORE INFO: www.REalaska.org or 929.7770
THE GREAT AK ENERGY CHALLENGE!:
This Fall, REAP launched the first ever Great Alaska Energy Challenge.
Eleven teams from Palmer to Skagway to Homer are competing against each other to see who can save the most energy in their buildings over a six-month period. The teams are Palmer Jr. Middle School, Palmer High School, Tanana K-12 and Tanana Elders Office, the Alaska Energy Authority in Anchorage, the Homer Police and Fire Station, Homer airport, Homer sewer plant, Bristol Bay School, Cordova High School, and Skagway Public Library. Stay tuned for updates and the final results in May. MORE
ALASKA RENEWABLE ENERGY GRANT FUND: One of the priorities REAP will be working on this year is reauthorization of the Alaska Renewable Energy Grant Fund. The Fund was created in 2008 and has helped spur renewable energy development across the state. So far, the Fund has allocated over $176 million for more than 200 wind, geothermal, biomass and other renewable energy projects. However the fund is set to expire June 30, 2013.
The fund assists communities in stabilizing energy prices by helping pay the costs of installing renewable energy systems and doing design and feasibility work. Projects that have benefitted from the Fund range from Kodiak's Pillar Mountain Wind Farm ($4 million) to the Juneau Airport's ground source heat pump system ($513,000) to the Tok School's Wood-Fired Boiler ($3.25 million). The Kodiak wind project alone has since 2009 saved the utility from having to burn nearly 2 million gallons of diesel, and has reaped a net savings to the utility of more than $3.6 million, according to Kodiak Electric Association CEO Darron Scott. You can read more about the fund in the Renewable Energy Atlas of Atlas (pgs.18-21).
SHOW SUPPORT FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY IN ALASKA!
REAP is thrilled to be participating in Pick.Click.Give. for the first time in 2012. We hope our supporters will consider giving a little extra this year through this great program. If you do donate through Pick.Click.Give. let us know about your gift so we can thank you! To donate to REAP, simply file your PFD online, and choose REAP from the drop down menu when prompted.
You can also support REAP by becoming a member.
It's easy! Join today and inspire others to be part of Alaska's clean energy future. Join REAP today!
Registration Now Open!!
APRIL 19-20, 2012 BUSINESS OF CLEAN ENERGY IN ALASKA CONFERENCE