Burning fossil fuel is the number one contributor to global warming, and is a non renewable resource. Households in diesel dependent communities average around 1500 gallons of oil use per year in combined power generation and heating. This results in 35808 pounds of co2 released into the atmosphere. This is over twice the national average for direct emissions. Most of the dollars spent on this energy is not circulated in the community. The dependence on fossil fuel leaves these communities vulnerable to price fluctuations . I have been continuing work with the organized village of Kake and the Hoonah Indian Association on Renewable energy proposals, efficiency work, biomass grant proposals, prefeasibility studies and energy planning. Additionally I have been evaluating plans for new construction on the proposed Hoonah multi services building. An evaluation of the mechanical systems has been completed and recommendations have been made to the police chief and city council members, to consider renewable energy options for heating. Recommendations are in progress that shows additional insolation to have paybacks in the 15 to 20 year range.
The Organized Village of Kake has a project recommended highly through the Renewable Energy Fund for a proposed District Heating Loop fed with locally sourced Biomass, I have been pursuing funding for similarly structured projects in Hoonah. One of the projects in Hoonah is to have the existing community woodshed expand into a biomass energy services company, owning operating and supplying fuel for a cordwood boiler for the Forest Service buildings. These projects are valuable because they are able to offset liquid based fossil fuel and lower the carbon footprint of the community, circulate energy dollars in the community, and monetize a local renewable resource.