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
From 2012 to 2016, SWAMC worked under Alaska Energy Authority contracts to engage in Regional Energy Planning on behalf of the Aleutian/Pribilof, Bristol Bay, and Kodiak Island regions. Regional Energy Committees were established through this planning process, made up of representatives from SWAMC communities and regional organizations. The data collection and analysis done through the Regional Energy Planning projects helped determine recommended programs and projects for each community involved. As this state-funded planning effort came to an end in Fall 2016, SWAMC began a new energy project - a Department of Energy capacity building and energy providers network grant.
Southwest Alaska Energy Providers Network and Capacity Building Grant
Visit our Southwest Alaska Energy Network website for more information!