Energy Efficiency & Conservation

  • Overview
  • Alaska Energy Efficiency Partnership
  • Village Energy Efficiency Program
  • Commercial Building Energy Audit Prgram
  • 2008 Building Energy Monitor Pilot
  • 2010-2012 End Use Study

Current Energy Efficiency and Conservation Fact Sheet

 

Energy efficiency and conservation (EE&C) are the low hanging fruit of efforts to meet sustainable energy goals.  In Alaska, a defining energy goal is to improve energy efficiency by 15% between 2010 and 2020.  AEA focuses its end use energy efficiency program activities on commercial buildings, public buildings, industrial facilities, and electrical efficiency.  Additionally, AEA organizes the collaborative multi-stakeholder group called the Alaska Energy Efficiency Partnership.  AEA also addresses generation efficiency through its Rural Power System Upgrade (RPSU) Program.

 

For more information contact:

Rebecca Garrett, AEA Project Manager
Tel. (907) 771-3042
Fax (907) 771-3930

 



 

A 2008 policy report conducted at the request of AEA and AHFC recommended a comprehensive public awareness campaign, among other things, be undertaken to improve energy efficiency and conservation in Alaska. The Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) has initiated a broad spectrum, collaborative Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EE&C) education and outreach campaign with the understanding this is a vital component of ensuring a long term, stable energy supply for Alaskans. In December 2011, a follow up report titled Recommendations for Alaska Energy Efficiency and Conservation Public Education and Outreach was published that included precise recommendations for launching an effective comprehensive, statewide EE&C public education campaign.

At the center of AEA’s energy efficiency and conservation outreach efforts is the Alaska Energy Efficiency Partnership. This stakeholder group consists of over 50 public, private, and non-profit entities from around Alaska working together toward a shared vision of Alaska someday becoming the most energy efficient state in the nation. You can read the Partnership’s mission statement here. The Partnership meets quarterly in Anchorage with teleconferencing for participants out of town. 

 

Alaska Energy Efficiency Partnership

Alaska Energy Efficiency logo

For more information contact:

Rob Jordan, Program Manager- Energy Data
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Program

Tel. 907-771-3039    
Fax 907-771-3044

Rebecca Garrett, AEA Project Manager
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Program
Tel. 907-771-3078
Fax 907-771-3044
           


                               

The goal of the Village Energy Efficiency Program (VEEP) is to implement energy and cost saving efficiency measures in buildings and facilities in small Alaska communities. Service providers work with individual communities and school districts to determine the best energy saving measures for the amount of money allocated to the community.          

The VEEP program began as the Village End Use Efficiency Measures (VEUEM) Program in 2005 with funding from the Denali Commission. Measures implemented under this iteration of the program were primarily lighting upgrades and some weatherization. Between 2005 and 2009, forty-nine communities benefited from this program. Between 2010 and 2012, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funded energy efficiency improvement projects in an additional 118 communities through the Small Cities EECBG and VEEP programs. These projects, VEEP in particular, used the VEUEM model but increased the funding level per community for a deeper dive into building efficiency improvements. The early VEEP program saw a return on investment of over 300 percent.

In 2013, AEA codified regulations for VEEP. Communities with a population no greater than 8,000 residents are eligible for VEEP funding, which is competitively awarded after open application periods. The FY14 VEEP application period closed in the fall of 2013 and produced 84 applications totaling over $10 million in requested funding. Seven communities were awarded a total of approximately $1.4 million for energy and cost saving efficiency projects.

Phases of VEEP Projects and Project Reports:

2005 – 2009: VEUEM

Completed project reports are available in AEA’s library.

Community selection was based on the status of the respective village’s Rural Power System Upgrade (RPSU); the community had either recently received or was slated to receive a new power system through this AEA program.

Alaska Building Science Network administered the grants on behalf of the communities. ABSN was able to leverage funds through in-kind contributions. As a result, significant progress toward community energy efficiency was achieved. Whenever possible, ABSN hired local labor and provided project-specific training along with boiler maintenance training.

Additionally, AEA partnered with AHFC, AVEC, AVCP-Housing, the community of Nightmute, Denali Commission, and Rural Cap to perform a "whole village" retrofit. This was a comprehensive look at the community's energy needs with the objective of capitalizing on all available energy efficiency funding opportunities, for both residential and public building improvements, from different agencies. Five years later AEA went back to study what the results were, and what could be learned from the project and applied to future efforts.

Whole Village Retrofit
Nightmute Whole Village Retrofit--Then and Now

2010 – 2012: ARRA EECBG and VEEP

The Alaska Energy Authority distributed over $5 million of American Recover and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding to 97 Alaska cities and boroughs (EECBG) and 21 villages (VEEP) for energy efficiency improvements to public buildings and facilities between 2010 and 2012.

Completed project reports for the ARRA funded VEEP projects are available in AEA’s library. Project Reports for the ARRA funded EECBG projects are available upon request.

2013 – 2018: VEEP

Summary language to be added here at a later date.

AEA has extended the open application period for the USDA-funded Commercial Building Energy Audit program for commercially owned buildings located in rural Alaska, i.e., outside of the Municipality of Anchorage. Please refer to the Request for Applications and submit the application form by September 30, 2018.

 

Nonresidential buildings consume more than half the building energy use in Alaska, and the majority of these buildings are privately owned. The Commercial Building Energy Audit program will pay up to 75% of the cost of an ASHRAE level 1+ energy audit performed on privately owned commercial buildings. The audit cost is set by the building size and ranges from $600 for buildings up to 3,000 square feet up to $2,100 for buildings over 20,000 square feet.

 

Results of past similar programs indicate average energy savings of roughly 1/3 resulting from economic efficiency investments with average simple paybacks of just over six years. Some of these results can be viewed on the Alaska Energy Efficiency Map at www.akenergyefficiencymap.org.

 

Application Links:

 

Commercial Building Energy Audit Request for Applications

Commercial Building Energy Audit Application

 

For more information contact:

Energy Audit Program - for all correspondance specific to Commercial Energy Audits.

 

Betsy McGregor, Preliminary Design and Environmental Manager
Tel. 907-771-3957
Fax 907-771-3044  

Rebecca Garrett, Project Manager
Tel. 907-771-3042                           
Fax 907-771-3044

           

In June 2008, the Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) and other partners published a report which created a roadmap for developing energy efficiency and conservation programs and policies in Alaska [PDF].

One of the 23 recommendations was for the State to fund a pilot program to test the effectiveness of “smart meters,” what we are now more specifically referring to as “building energy monitors” (BEM).  A building energy monitor is an electronic device that displays and/or records the current whole-building electrical energy usage for the consumer, and may also display cost information and recent historical energy usage data.

The Alaska Energy Authority, through its energy efficiency and conservation program, has implemented a smaller-scale pilot test of these devices for their ability to help residential and commercial/institutional customers conserve energy and better understand how their buildings consume energy.

In October 2009, AEA solicited bids [RFP] from local utilities to run a pilot project to test the effectiveness of building energy monitors in cutting electricity consumption.  The bid was awarded to Chugach Electric Association in November 2009. Chugach Electric completed the project on time at the end of October, 2010. The full report is available below.

 

For more information contact:

Cady Lister, Chief Economist
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Program

Tel. 907-771-3039     Fax 907-771-3044
Email: clister@akenergyauthority.org

Katie Conway, Goverment Relations, Outreach, and Efficiency Manager
Tel. 907-771-3078
Fax 907-771-3044
Email: kconway@akenergyauthority.org

The Alaska Energy End-Use Study provides baseline data on energy use in residential and nonresidential buildings. Information is presented by “end-use” (e.g., heating, cooling, lighting, etc.), stratified by building type, location and other parameters. AEA funding for this project was supplemented with a grant from the US Department of Energy, as well as contributions from Chugach Electric Association and Alaska Housing Finance Corporation.

We hope this information is of use to utilities, energy planners, efficiency implementers, policy makers, and to other users of this information. The appendices include a mountain of both raw and processed data for use by energy planners and others. Your feedback on the report is most welcome.

For more information contact:

Cady Lister, Chief Economist
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Program

Tel. 907-771-3039     Fax 907-771-3044
Email: clister@akenergyauthority.org