The U.S. Department of Energy today announced the availability of the Amchitka Island, Alaska, Biological Monitoring Report 2011 Sampling Results for the Amchitka, Alaska, site. The report provides the results of terrestrial and marine sampling in the areas surrounding Amchitka and Adak Islands in 2011.
Alaska's solar easement provisions are similar to those in many other states. They do not create an automatic right to sunlight. Rather, they allow parties to voluntarily enter into solar easement contracts for the purpose of ensuring adequate exposure of a solar energy system.
The Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) offers a Small Building Materials Loan for applicants to complete or renovate property located within a "small community", as defined in the AHFC [http://www.ahfc.us/loans/glossary.cfm glossary].
Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) offers loans of up to $100,000, with a repayment term of 15 years, to qualified borrowers through the Second Mortgage for Energy Conservation program. Borrowers apply to AHFC for financing to make energy improvements on owner-occupied properties. Applicants must select from the list of energy upgrades which are provided by an [http://www.ahfc.us/reference/energyraters.cfm AKWarm certified energy rater].
In May 2008, Alaska enacted legislation authorizing the creation of a renewable energy grant fund. The legislation recommended that the program be administered by the Alaska Energy Authority (AEA). The grant program is intended to provide assistance to utilities, independent power producers, local governments, and tribal governments for feasibility studies, reconnaissance studies, energy resource monitoring, and work related to the design and construction of eligible facilities. In order to be eligible for a grant, a project must be located within Alaska.
Created by the Alaska State Legislature and administered by the Alaska Energy Authority, this fund provides loans to electric utilities, regional electric utilities, municipalities, regional and village corporations, village councils, and independent power producers. It is designed for the development or upgrade of small-scale power production facilities of less than 10 megawatts, conservation facilities, and bulk fuel storage facilities.
The Northwest Interstate Compact on Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management, enacted in 1981, was ratified by Congress in 1985. The Compact is a cooperative effort of the party states to protect their citizens, and maintain and enhance economic viability, while sharing the responsibilities of low-level radioactive waste management. The member states of Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming have ratified the Compact.
In October 2009, the Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA) approved net metering regulations. These rules were finalized and approved by the lieutenant governor in January 2010 and became effective January 15, 2010. All electric utilities subject to economic regulation are required to offer net metering. Independent systems with retail sales of less than 5,000,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) are exempt from offering net metering.
Alaska enacted legislation in June 2010 to authorize municipalities to pass ordinances that exempt residential renewable energy systems from taxation. Residential renewable energy systems are defined as systems, including wind, hydro and solar, that use an energy source other than fossil or nuclear fuel.
In October 2009, the Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA) approved net metering regulations. These rules were finalized and approved by the lieutenant governor in January 2010 and became effective January 15, 2010. In May 2011, the RCA approved interconnection guidelines. All utilities subject to Alaska's net metering regulations were required to issue revised tariffs that address interconnection.