New Grant Opportunity – Apply by June 22

The Administration for Native Americans (ANA) has funds available for community-driven projects designed to grow local economies. Areas of funding interest include energy-related activities, administrative and program management capacity building, and adaptation and mitigation of the impacts of climate change.

Three awards are expected. The funding maximum is $200,000 and funding minimum is $50,000. The deadline to submit a proposal is June 22, 2017.

If you have a project that is developed and just needs funding, please look into this opportunity at Social and Economic Development Strategies for Alaska-SEDS-AK.

Presentations from Inter-Tribal Energy Training

The Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy held three required trainings for the Inter-Tribal grant recipients in March and April. Project Manager Laura Vaught attended the trainings on behalf of the project team. In order to make sure that all grant recipients have the same base energy knowledge, employees from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) presented on various energy technologies and topics. Note that some information presented is not applicable to Alaska, but these are still a great resource to use if you are looking to gain a better understanding of complex energy systems or a specific energy technology. For communities considering how to pay for a project, check out the presentation on Financing Options for Tribal Energy Projects!

Biomass Short Course
Energy Basics
Energy Efficiency Basics
Energy Storage 101
Energy System Siting
Energy System Sizing & Resiliency
Financing Options for Tribal Energy Projects
Geothermal Overview
Grid Integration of Distributed Energy Resources
Solar
Wind Energy: Basics & Applications

AK Energy Webinars

The U.S. Department of Energy and Alaska Energy Authority have created a Peer Exchange Network with webinars on financing and technology for energy projects in remote Alaska communities. The information is geared toward communities participating in the RACEE program but is available to all.

The monthly technical webinars will focus on a specific topic, with a technology introduction by a subject matter expert as well as a presentation by a community representative on the respective technology.

Webinar titles in blue have already taken place and may be watched by clicking on the title. More will be added as they become available. To find dates or register for an upcoming webinar, click here.

Energy Workshop – Thank you!

Thanks to all who attended the Energy Workshop. Here is Neil McMahon’s presentation on the Alaska Affordable Energy Strategy (AkAES) and model. AkAES is a strategic plan to improve the methods by which the State works with non-Railbelt communities and utilities to identify, evaluate, develop and maintain cost-effective energy solutions. The AkAES energy model provides Alaska with a community energy project evaluation tool that:

  • estimates and forecasts heating and electricity consumption by sector,
  • compares the ability of energy infrastructure project types (efficiency, renewable energy, fuel switching) to reduce the cost of energy in communities, and
  • determines the capital investment needed and the resulting energy savings to communities.
AkAES Energy Workshop Presentation

AK EnergySmart Video

Check out this new promo video on Energy Literacy and the AK EnergySmart program made for the Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP) and Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC).

AK EnergySmart is a free curriculum resource that is owned by the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation and designed to give Alaskan youth an understanding of the high economic and environmental costs of power generation and the importance of conserving energy at home and school.

Learn more about AK EnergySmart at: AKEnergySmart.org

Energy Workshop

Tuesday, February 28, 2017, Hotel Captain Cook Ballroom, Anchorage, AK

Agenda

8:00  Registration & Light Breakfast
8:30  Opening and Welcome

SWAMC & Information Insights: Introduction
Givey Kochanowski: Update from DOE Office of Indian Energy
Jed Drolet: Update from the Alaska Energy Authority

9:00  Alaska Affordable Energy Strategy

Neil McMahon, Alaska Energy Authority

9:30  Break

9:40  Technical Advisor “Mixer” (for more details click “Continue reading” link)

12:00 Lunch (provided)

1:00   Southwest AK Energy Committee Meeting

Bruce Wright, Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association (APIA)
Stephanie Aikins, Bristol Bay Native Association (BBNA)
Tyler Kornelis, Kodiak Area Native Association (KANA)

3:15  End of Meeting

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Newsletters & Questionnaires

We will send a newsletter and questionnaire every other month. The newsletter will feature progress being made on energy projects around the region, challenges or lessons learned, and upcoming funding or workshop/training opportunities. The questionnaire will provide a means for us to engage with you and hear back from you with any energy-related concerns or requests.