2018 SWAMC Energy Workshop

Wednesday, February 28, 2018, Hotel captain cook, anchorage

Please Register! There is no cost to attend our Energy Workshop. Contact Laura Vaught or your Regional Energy Coordinator with questions (see contact page).


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

Southwest Alaska Energy Network Project Team: Recap of Year 1 & Plans for Year 2
DOE Office of Indian Energy Updates

9:00       Energy Efficiency in the Southwest: Regional Energy Efficiency &

              Conservation Plan; USDA Commercial Building Energy Audit Program;

              AHFC Kickstarter Grant (Jamie Hansen)

9:30     Active Energy Projects – Highlights from Southwest Alaska

                          – Nushagak Electric Co-op – Nuyakuk Hydro Project (Bob Himschoot)
                          – Port Lions – Remote Alaska Community Energy Efficiency Grant                                     (Dorinda Kewan)
                          – Updates from Workshop Audience: Take a few minutes to share
                            updates about your community’s energy projects

11:00     Break

11:10     Technical Advisor “Mixer” (for more details click “Continue reading” link)

12:00     Lunch (Provided)

              Facilitated Discussion Panels:

1:00     Project Development & Financing Tools – Defining your Energy Project,                      Steps to Development, & Financing Tools (Brian Hirsch, Doug Vaught,                            Jim Fowler) Facilitator: Peter Crimp
2:20       Break
2:30       PCE & the Utility Perspective
– Getting the Most out of PCE &                                      How Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Affects Small Utilities                                (Connie Fredenberg and others) Facilitator: Jamie Hansen
              Technology Innovation – Heat Pumps, Renewable Energy-to-Heat, and more (Brian Hirsch, Mark Houston) Facilitator: Bruce Wright

3:30        End of Workshop – Ballroom will stay open until 5 pm to allow for one-on-                     one meetings

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AFHC Kickstarter Program


The AHFC  Energy Efficiency Kickstarter program is still accepting applications! AFHC has allocated $150,000 to assist facility owners to implement energy efficiency projects.

Kickstarter competitive awards will be given to at least 15 entities across Alaska to accelerate energy efficiency project development. The maximum award is $10,000 per entity, with a maximum of $30,000 per community.

If possible, SWAMC will work with applicants to make the funds go further by scheduling commercial building audits during the same day (s) as public building audits. This would mean reducing travel costs for an auditor. To make this happen, please let SWAMC’s Laura Vaught and BBNA’s Jayne Bennett know if you are a City, Tribe or School District  interested/planning to submit an application for the Kickstarter grant.

While the Instructions sheet still lists the old deadline. AHFC has verified that this award is still active and encourages applications. Please direct questions and submissions to Rob Jordan at rjordan@nullahfc.us or (907) 330-8115 or Tim Leach at tleach@nullahfc.us or 907-330-8198.

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2018 Tribal Sovereignty and Self-Determination through Community Energy Development Webinar Series

The Office of Indian Energy and the Western Area Power Administration are co-sponsoring the 2018 Tribal Sovereignty and Self-Determination through Community Energy Development webinar series.

The series includes 11 webinars, all offered at no cost and scheduled at 9 AM to 11 AM AKST the last Wednesday of each month, beginning in January and concluding in November. You can register here.

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DOE Workshops to be Held in Unalaska and Kodiak

The Office of Indian Energy is holding two Workshops in the SWAMC region this spring:

Unalaska: February 7-8, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Burma Road Chapel
Kodiak: May 15-16, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Koniag Building

These workshops are designed to provide Alaska Native leaders and their staffs with the knowledge and tools needed to navigate the complexities of developing and implementing energy projects in Alaska, including:
  • How projects can help address community energy challenges and advance energy goals
  • Effective strategies and tactics for identifying potential funding and financing opportunities, overcoming challenges, and gaining community buy-in
  • Experience-based insights and lessons learned from other Native villages.
Facilitated by technical experts from DOE and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the workshops will cover:
  • Regional energy issues and an overview of the state’s regional energy plan
  • Frameworks for strategic energy planning and project development
  • Project financing options in the Alaskan context
  • Energy technology and energy efficiency basics
  • Strategies for effective energy project communications and outreach.

There is no cost to attend the workshops, but participants are responsible for their own lodging, meals, and travel costs.

Find more information on the Workshops web page.