DOE Releases Remote Alaskan Communities Competition
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Indian Energy and Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) have issued a Notice of Technical Assistance (NOTA) to significantly accelerate efforts by remote Alaskan communities to adopt sustainable energy strategies. The Remote Alaskan Communities Energy Efficiency Competition will empower Alaskan communities and Alaska Native villages to develop effective tools to advance the use of reliable, affordable, and energy efficient solutions that are replicable throughout Alaska and other Arctic regions.
There are two phases to this competition:
- Phase 1: Pledge Designation—Applications due Jan. 26, 2016
DOE is asking eligible applicants to sign a pledge to improve community energy efficiency by 15% or more by 2020. Selected communities who pledge will become part of a peer network of “Community Efficiency Champions” and be eligible to apply for technical assistance to prepare implementation plans in Phase 2 of the NOTA.
- Phase 2: Technical Assistance—Applications due March 31, 2016
Only selected Community Efficiency Champions from Phase 1 will be eligible to apply for Phase 2 of the competition to receive technical assistance from DOE. Selected communities will be eligible to compete for up to $1 million in grant funding ($3.3 million total) to implement energy saving measures.