In Southwest Alaska, power generation and home heating needs are primarily met using diesel fuel. This dependence upon diesel results in extremely high energy costs and has become a significant barrier to economic development and a major factor in the cost of living in the region. As a result, numerous alternative energy projects are underway in Southwest Alaska as utilities, municipalities, and residents alike look for ways to reduce their energy bills.
Regional Energy Planning
In 2012, SWAMC signed three contracts with the Alaska Energy Authority to engage in Regional Energy Planning on behalf of the Aleutian/Pribilof, Bristol Bay, and Kodiak Island regions. That work is on-going and there should be some community and regional outcomes produced in 2013.
SWAMC Energy Program*
Energy Project Funding Opportunities and Resources - This page contains financial and technical resources for consumers, businesses, local, tribal, and regional governments, and non-profit organizations seeking funding to reduce their energy costs through renewable or alternative energy projects and improved efficiency. This page is updated regularly.
The Energy Project Page has more information on specific projects around the region.
SWAMC Energy Task Force
Additional information about the committee and its current projects can be found by clicking here.
Energy Savers Tips for Rural Alaska - A 2009 booklet centered on energy efficiency and conservation tips that can easily be employed around the house for little to no cost. This updated version of the original was released in 2011.