Alaska Energy Awareness Month Announced
AEA, AHFC, Statewide Working Group Launch October Efforts
(Anchorage) – The Alaska Energy Authority (AEA), Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) and the statewide Energy Efficiency and Conservation Working Group announced October as Alaska Energy Awareness Month today at a kick-off event in Anchorage. The event was further highlighted by the announcement of a Governor’s Proclamation in support of Alaska Energy Awareness Month.
Speakers, including Senator Lesil McGuire and Senator Bill Wielechowski, co-chairs of the Senate Resources Committee, addressed the need for Alaskans to work together in the statewide process of increasing energy efficiency 15% per capita by 2020. The 15% target was set earlier this year with passage of House Bill 306.
“We appreciate the focus and dedication of the Legislature and Governor Parnell as Alaska seeks long-term energy solutions,” said AEA Executive Director Steve Haagenson. “This declaration of October as Alaska Energy Awareness Month is a call for the people of our state to take action and work toward achieving the goals we now have before us.”
The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Working Group will spearhead efforts to promote energy savings in homes, schools, businesses and public buildings throughout Alaska. A new website, www.akenergyefficiency.org, will launch Friday, October 1. The site is designed to serve Alaskans as a comprehensive source for energy efficiency and conservation information.
“Alaskans face unique energy challenges that call for unique solutions,” Haagenson added. “As we work to meet Alaska’s current and future energy needs, it is important for all of us to recognize that potentially significant cost-savings come from implementing even the smallest energy efficiency and conservation measures.”