Under the Home Energy Rebate Program, homeowners who want to make their own energy efficiency improvements on their home can receive a rebate for some of their expenditures. The program requires a home energy rater to evaluate homes before and after the improvements. Rebates are dependent on the relative amount of efficiency gained and the actual cost of improvements, when the eligible improvements are selected by the homeowner from the energy rating’s improvement options list.
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.
The Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) offers interest rate reductions to home buyers purchasing new and existing homes with 5 Star and 5 Star Plus energy ratings. All homes constructed on or after March 9, 2011, must meet Alaska Building Energy Efficiency Standard (BEES) 2011. Rate reductions are also available for energy improvements to older, existing home purchases. Any property that can be energy rated and is otherwise eligible for AHFC financing may qualify for this program.
In June 2010, the Alaska Legislature enacted SB 220, an omnibus energy bill, which created several renewable energy and energy efficiency programs, including the Alaska Energy Efficiency Revolving Loan Fund Program. This program is administered by the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) and offers loans to schools, the University of Alaska, state government, and municipal governments for energy efficiency improvements.
''Much of the information presented in this summary is drawn from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building Energy Codes Program and the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP). For more detailed information about building energy codes, visit the [http://www.energycodes.gov/states/ DOE] and [http://bcap-ocean.org/ BCAP] websites.''
The U.S. Department of Energy Office Legacy Management (LM) has a long-term stewardship mission to protect human health and the environment from the legacy of underground nuclear testing conducted at Amchitka Island, Alaska, from 1965 to 1971.
Secretary Chu announces that the Department of Energy has completed a successful and unprecedented test of technology in the North Slope of Alaska that was able to safely extract a steady flow of natural gas from methane hydrates