Concerns around energy independence and high costs have led many places in rural Alaska to look for renewable alternatives to fossil fuels. The Department of Energy recently announced a new program to help remote communities find clean energy solutions. The Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Project or ETIPP will help five Alaska towns explore everything from hybrid fishing vessels to reducing reliance on diesel.
It’s no secret that energy is getting more expensive. That’s especially true in big commercial and public buildings. Estimates put the state’s utility bill for public buildings and schools at about $642 million a year.