Southwest Alaska Energy Network
Through a grant funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Indian Energy, SWAMC is working with partners in the Aleutians, Bristol Bay, and Kodiak to help Southwest communities develop energy projects and build human capacity to tackle energy issues. This work is done to enhance community resiliency and energy sustainability, with the end goal of developing financially sustainable structures capable of identifying and developing energy projects for years to come.
Work under this DOE-funded grant started in October 2016 and runs through the end of September 2019. The project has 3 objectives: 1) build in-region technical and management capacity; 2) demonstrate improved capacity by identifying and developing energy efficiency, heating, and power supply projects that reduce community costs, improve energy systems, and utilize alternative sources of energy; and 3) develop regional energy management structures that are financially sustainable.
Regional Energy Coordinators at the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, Bristol Bay Native Association, and Kodiak Area Native Association serve as points of contact for each respective region. SWAMC’s grant also funds a Technical Panel of energy consultants and experts to provide on-call technical assistance to communities. SWAMC partners with consulting firm Information Insights on project management.
To learn more about SWAMC’s grant team and energy resources, visit the Southwest Alaska Energy Network website.