Alaska Energy in Action
Village Council Building Retrofits Have Big Impact in Fort Yukon
The Gwitchyaa Zhee Gwich’in Tribal Government (GZGTG), which serves the Gwich’in people of Fort Yukon, Alaska, is working to reduce reliance on imported diesel fuel, lower operating costs, enhance quality of life, and serve as a model of self-sufficiency. To help meet its goals, the community invested in a quarter-million-dollar energy efficiency and renewable energy project and applied for a $125,000 DOE grant to supplement project costs.
With an eye toward maximizing the return on investment, GZGTG employed simple, cost-effective retrofits—performed by local labor with existing skill sets—to the GZGTG office building, which is the community’s largest energy consumer. As a result of some simple energy upgrades, GZGTG expects to realize a total annual cost savings of more than $17,000 and a 48% overall reduction in diesel fuel consumption compared with 2012. Read the full article.
More than 30 Alaska Native Villages Tap into Technical Assistance in 2015
Last spring, DOE Office of Indian Energy Alaska Program Manager Givey Kochanowski set a goal to double the amount of technical assistance DOE would provide to Alaska Native communities in Fiscal Year 2015. As the year came to a close, that goal was exceeded as DOE accepted 31 technical assistance requests in Alaska—three times the number of requests from the previous year. In the last three weeks of September, technical experts from NREL traversed the state in a final push to meet requests for strategic energy planning workshops in Hydaburg, Little Diomede, and Tanana.
DOE offers up to 40 hours of technical assistance per year to help Alaska Native villages with strategic energy planning and energy project development. Learn more and apply for technical assistance.