Energy Efficiency Program & Policy Recommendations
Alaska residents see the cost of energy as a major issue. As utility bills skyrocket, this issue escalates, affecting homeowners, renters, businesses and industry. Legislators are concerned and looking for the best strategy to provide some form of relief to residents. Recognizing the need to take action, the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) and the Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) asked the Cold Climate Housing Research Center (CCHRC) to sponsor a comprehensive review and analysis of the energy efficiency policies and programs in the State of Alaska. CCHRC contracted in December 2007 with Information Insights and its subcontractor, the Rocky Mountain Institute, for this study. The review focused on programs that address end-use energy consumption in space heating and electrical needs of residential and commercial users. Although the funders recognize the dire energy situation in rural Alaska, primary emphasis of this report was on Railbelt communities, recognizing that there is an existing rural energy plan. This study was not intended to address transportation or industrial energy efficiency opportunities.