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Weekly Highlight for Dec 11, 2017 

    • The Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) Board announced the appointment of Janet Reiser as AEA Executive Director. Reiser comes to AEA with more than three decades of Alaska experience in energy management, engineering, construction and telecommunications. Reiser is currently the Chugach Electric Board Chair; her resignation from that position will be effective December 31. Reiser holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder. John Springsteen, Executive Director of Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA), has served as AEA’s Acting Executive Director since August. Reiser’s first day as Executive Director is January 2, 2018.

    • The Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) Board authorized the issuance, sale and delivery of power revenue bonds of up to approximately $47 million for the construction of the West Fork Upper Battle Creek Diversion Project. The Battle Creek project is expected to produce annual energy of over 37,000 MW hours, increasing Bradley Lake Hydroelectric Project annual energy by about ten percent.



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Posted November 12, 2017 10:40 pm
By BEN BOETTGER  Peninsula Clarion

HEA holds first energy technology workshops

Conversations at Homer Electric Association (HEA)’s first Energy Technology Workshop on Thursday at Kenai Peninsula College ranged from very practical — increasing home energy efficiency and what to know before investing in solar panels or heat pumps — to the speculative, such as how emerging technologies in cold-climate heat pumps could better suit them for Alaska, or under what conditions an electric car would save money on the Kenai Peninsula.

This year was the first that HEA — the 23,494-member electrical cooperative that supplies power to a majority of Kenai Peninsula residents — hosted such sessions, open to the public, with local energy experts. About 80 attendees signed up, and at least one workshop — given by HEA Director of Power, Fuels and Dispatch Larry Jorgensen on home solar and the utility-scale solar generator HEA plans to finish before the end of 2018 — began with standing room only.

The four workshops replaced the energy fairs that HEA has hosted in the past, which filled high school gymnasiums with energy product vendors and informative displays to give a broad look at energy conservation technologies and practices.

The perspective provided in the workshops was a less broad but much deeper look at four specific energy possibilities: solar power presented by Jorgensen, electric vehicles presented by Kendall Ford salesman Dave Bartelmay, home energy efficiency by representatives of the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, and heat pumps presented by Doug Franklin of the Anchorage-based heating, ventilation, and air conditioning vendor Steinbaugh Company.

Students Conserve Energy and Win Prizes


More than 3,600 students from 131 classrooms in 27 middle and elementary schools around the state participated in the 2017 Power Pledge Challenge, an initiative aimed at helping youth better understand energy use. This year’s campaign covered the largest geographic area of the initiative to date with students competing for regional and statewide prizes. An eighth grade science class from Palmer Junior Middle School is this year’s statewide winner.

Utilities and organizations from Anchorage, Mat-Su Valley, Kenai Peninsula and Juneau hosted the challenge as part of Energy Awareness Month, recognized every year in October. In the Challenge, students completed a hands-on activity from the AK EnergySmart curriculum, learned how to calculate their energy usage and discovered ways to reduce their energy usage at home. Students then conducted an online home energy audit with their families and identified specific actions they would take to use energy more efficiently.More

Chugach Electric Board Approves Community Solar Project

Project is first of its kind in Alaska

By Chugach Electric Association


Responding to member interest and Chugach Electric Association’s sustainability business philosophy, the Chugach Board of Directors on Wednesday approved authorization to proceed with a Chugach Community Solar Project. The installation is designed to include approximately 2,000 solar panels and generate 550 megawatt hours per year. The energy produced from the project is equivalent to 15 percent of the average electricity use of 500 homes.

“The sustainability resolution we passed earlier this year underscores our commitment to long-term, sustainable energy resources, and this project aligns well with that focus,” said Board Chair Janet Reiser. “Our members have shown great interest in community solar, and we are pleased to be moving forward on serving that interest.”

In August, Chugach surveyed 700 members about the sustainability philosophy and interest in community solar. Of those surveyed, 63 percent favored development of a community solar project, and 60 percent of those said they’d be willing to pay more for solar power. More

Winter heating bills set to rise from colder weather and higher energy costs

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - The average cost of heating homes will rise this winter due to expected colder weather and higher energy costs, says the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Katie Conway, a spokesperson for the Alaska Energy Authority, explains the impact of a rise in costs will not be felt equally across the state.

The EIA published their annual report titled “Winter Fuels Outlook 2017-18” earlier this week. They report that “average increases vary by fuel, with natural gas expenditures forecast to rise by 12%, home heating oil by 17%, electricity by 8%, and propane by 18%.”

Colder weather is expected to contribute to the majority of the rises in price. The EIA has used data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to make their prediction. NOAA has forecast this upcoming winter will be 13% colder than last winter across the United States, “with forecasts ranging from 27% colder than last winter in the South region to 4% colder than last winter in the West.”

The majority of people living on the Railbelt use natural gas sourced from Cook Inlet, says Conway. Because Cook Inlet natural gas is a “stranded source,” Railbelt residents have not felt the volatility and high-prices felt on world markets.

Conway explains that communities in rural Alaska reliant on heating oil will have bulk purchased for this upcoming winter, meaning a price rise may not immediately impact them.  more....

Commission sets ambitious goal for future of renewable energy in Juneau

Alaska Energy Awareness Month

WHEREAS, Alaska is blessed with abundant and varied natural energy resources, yet faces some of the highest energy costs in the nation; and

WHEREAS, affordable and reliable energy is critical to Alaskan businesses, communities, families and individuals, who rely on fuel and electrical generation for heat, lighting and transportation in an often harsh and remote environment; and

WHEREAS, in 2010, Alaska adopted a statewide policy to address Alaska’s energy challenges which called for increases in renewable energy generation and energy efficiency improvements; and

WHEREAS, Alaska has the natural resources, human ingenuity, and motivation to be a leader in the new energy economy through research, development and deployment of innovative technologies; and

WHEREAS, October will kick off the Great Alaska Energy Challenge, which challenges State employees to “lead by example” in conserving energy and saving money in State buildings.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Bill Walker, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim October 2016 as:

Alaska Energy Awareness Month

in Alaska, and encourage all Alaskans to strive for increased energy efficiency and awareness at home and at work as an essential part of creating a sustainable energy future for our state.

Dated: October 3, 2016


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By  September 12, 2017

Bradley hydro expansion moves forward with AEA approval

By: Naomi Klouda Alaska Journal of Commerce

Solar passes wind in HEA home renewable electricity

Posted October 15, 2017 08:32 pm - Updated October 19, 2017 09:31 am
By BEN BOETTGER  Peninsula Clarion 

Editor's note: This story has been changed to correct the Regulatory Commission of Alaska's limits on net metered generation.

Though the Kenai Peninsula’s wind feels more powerful than its sunshine, the sun is generating about twice as much electricity among Homer Electric Association members participating in the utility cooperative’s home renewable energy program.

Speaking at Seward’s Energy Forum and Fair on Friday, HEA engineering project specialist Tyler Cheatwood took note of the trend toward solar. Cheatwood directs the utility cooperative’s net metering program, which allows members to deduct home-generated power from their electricity bills. Dropping solar costs are making it a more accessible option than wind for those interested in making their own electricity while still staying on the grid, Cheatwood said..More

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