Commercial Building Energy Audit Program

The Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) is accepting applications for the Commercial Building Energy Audit (CBEA) program. The program is for private commercial building owners and will cover 75% of the cost of a Level I audit of a commercial building anywhere in Alaska outside of Anchorage.

To Apply: Application information is on the AEA website. Applications are due November 15, 2017.

Are you in the Aleutians, Bristol Bay, or Kodiak region and have questions or want to work with others in your community or region? Contact your regional energy coordinator!

Rural Utility Business Advisor (RUBA) Program

Could your community benefit from technical, managerial, or financial training to improve utility operations? Consider the State of Alaska’s Rural Utility Business Advisor (RUBA) program. The goal of the RUBA program is to increase the managerial and financial capacity of rural utility and water/sewer providers. The program offers capacity building assistance to rural utilities throughout the state.

RUBA staff work alongside a community to identify strengths and weaknesses in their utility management, develop a plan to improve operations, and provide on-site technical assistance if needed. Staff serves to help communities improve, not penalize for any weak points. RUBA staff can provide one-on-one or small group training for the local utility staff in the community. RUBA also offers 32-hour utility management classes in Anchorage. Check out the upcoming training dates.

Training with the RUBA program can earn your utility extra points toward state and federal grants. Participants who successfully complete the full course in Anchorage are eligible for up to $1,000 reimbursement for lodging and travel expenses. Learn more about the RUBA program at their webpage, and check out this map to see which Local Government Assistance/RUBA staff is assigned to your community.

Energy Project Development Webinars

Take a look at the 2017 DOE Office of Indian Energy webinar series Expanding Tribal Energy Development Through Partnerships. Here are upcoming webinar topics:

October 25, 2017 – Tribes Working Together

There are many benefits associated with tribes collaborating in the power industry. Attendees will learn about generation-transmission cooperatives and joint action agencies as potential business models to jointly own, procure, and build new transmission and power generation projects, as well as other partnership opportunities that can support tribal energy development and self-determination on tribal lands.

Here’s the full list of webinars.

Results – June Energy Survey

Thanks to everyone who responded to the June Energy Network Survey. We heard from a mixed group of network members – all were interested in doing energy efficiency upgrades to their home or business, and most had first-hand knowledge of other energy efficiency projects in their community. This information helps us as we put together plans to implement energy efficiency projects in regions and communities.

Here is what we asked and what we heard.

Please tell us why you’re interested in upgrades or not. What would make it worth your while to invest in energy efficiency?

For most, the interest in energy efficiency came from wanting to save money. To make it worthwhile, you want to see the reduction in energy use and the savings, which would cover the cost of the upgrades.

If you are interested in energy efficiency upgrades, has anything held you back from getting started? We’d like to hear about any barriers you are facing.

The most common response was the high upfront cost of making the energy efficiency upgrades, though a lack of contractors in the community able to do small projects was also mentioned.  Some respondents shared that they have made needed upgrades slowly as resources have been available.