The state of Alaska will use its Recovery Act SEP funding to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy across the state, particularly in Alaska's many rural communities. Alaska will focus on outreach efforts and technical assistance to improve efficiency in schools, commercial buildings, industrial users, and large local facilities. In addition, the state will help communities develop pilot projects that integrate electrical and heating needs into a combined energy system powered by renewable energy. These systems will reduce diesel use, save money on the cost of energy, and decrease a community's carbon footprint.
Alaska will establish programs to conduct energy audits in commercial and small businesses, promote constituent energy education, and implement energy efficiency retrofit measures in school buildings and state facilities. By expanding the existing Alaska Village End Use Efficiency Measures Program, SEP Recovery Act funds will provide energy savings measures for public buildings and facilities in villages throughout the state.