On June 6, Deputy Secretary Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall announced the availability of $3.4 million in funding for up to five Alaska Community Efficiency Champions (CEC) to implement the community energy efficiency plans they developed in Phase 2 of the Remote Alaskan Communities Energy Efficiency (RACEE) Competition.
The Energy Department is now seeking applications from the 13 CEC communities that received technical assistance through Phase 2 of the Competition to implement their energy efficiency plans to reduce per capital energy consumption 15 percent by 2020.
Communities can achieve the pledged energy reduction by implementing energy efficiency and renewable integration projects, in any combination of size and number- so long as the applications demonstrate through feasibility, economic, engineering and other analysis that with implementation the community will make substantial progress toward the pledge.
The RACEE Competition is focused on developing and implementing effective, reliable solutions that fit the community’s needs, not necessarily deploying new technology for the sake of the technology’s innovative qualities. Therefore, innovation is based on the process and potential for transformative and sustainable impacts on how the community currently uses energy, and/or the potential for replication in other Alaskan communities. For example, communities that develop and implement effective strategies not currently in practice, strategies that engage the entire community to implement the energy plan, demand or supply-side projects to achieve the pledged targets, could be considered innovative.
You can view the full Funding Opportunity Announcement on EERE Exchange.
About the Competition
As part of President Obama’s commitment to fight climate change and assist remote Alaskan Communities, the Energy Department launched a $4 million initiative to significantly accelerate efforts by remote Alaskan communities to adopt sustainable energy strategies. The competition opened in December 2015 and is intended to empower remote Alaskan communities to develop and implement solutions that can effectively advance the use of reliable, affordable, clean-energy and energy-efficient solutions that are applicable throughout rural Alaska and potentially in other Arctic regions.
Remote Alaskan communities face a number of unique energy challenges, with the harsh climate and isolation combining to drive up energy costs. The Energy Department is keenly aware of Alaska’s climate challenges, and is committed to helping remote Alaskan communities deploy sustainable solutions.
For more information, contact us at AlaskaCompetition@hq.doe.gov.