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Renewable Energy Fund Grant Recommendation Program Review

The Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) recently commissioned an independent evaluation of the Renewable Energy Fund grant recommendation program. The Vermont Energy Investment Company (VEIC) was selected via a competitive process for performing this evaluation and is assisted by the Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP) in conducting both the research and reporting key findings and recommendations to AEA.  The purpose of this evaluation is to identify ways to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the processes used in the program and their impact in Alaskan communities.

This evaluation will provide an opportunity for stakeholders in the program – including AEA staff, program advisors, rural organizations, legislators, energy advocates, participants and non-participants in the program - to provide thoughts and ideas concerning the Renewable Energy Fund and its effectiveness in achieving its goals.  Between approximately January 20th and February 3rd, the VEIC team will contact stakeholders via email to participate in an online survey and a smaller subset of respondents for telephone and in-person interviews.  The results of these interviews and surveys will provide important insights into the views of key stakeholders of the program and will be reviewed by the study team as part of the evaluation.

Thank you very much, in advance, for taking the time to share your feed-back and ideas with us.  Although we anticipate developing a comprehensive list of stakeholders, please do not hesitate to send recommendations for specific stakeholders, including at least the name and affiliation for each of your suggestions via email to Julie Estey at julie.estey@alaska.edu.  Suggestions received by Friday, January 27th, 2012 will be incorporated into our work moving forward.  In the meanwhile, if you have any questions please feel free to call Chris Badger at 802-658-6060 Ext. 7765.

Sincerely,

Chris Badger, VEIC, Project Manager

Julie Estey, ACEP, Stakeholder Outreach Lead

Renewable Energy Fund Grant Recommendation Program Review

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