Contractor Shaina Kilcoyne, Renewable Energy Alaska Project’s (REAP’s) Energy Efficiency Director, is providing support on energy issues in Kake, Hoonah, Hydaburg and Kasaan.
This month was spent doing research for the four communities. I started with comparing the energy use in Kake, which is a community that I already had figures for through the rePOWER southeast! effort. As part of the community assessment on energy, I am working to identify a baseline for energy use for each community. To the extent possible, this will include fuel consumption and pricing, particularly to identify the amount of money that leaves the community annually to pay for liquid fuel for heating, electricity and transportation.
Other efforts this month have been to check in with each Regional Catalyst and most Community Catalysts in order to further explain my role in the Partnership and identify opportunities for project collaboration. For example, Lia is interested in working together to develop a video on the biomass and waste heat greenhouse projects on Prince of Wales Island.
I have been also been focused on touching base with current Southeast contacts, and sharing information on the Path to Prosperity competition. Because biomass is a big issue in Southeast Alaska, I’ve been doing research in the area so that I am more familiar with pros, cons and region specific information. To that end, I attended the Wood Energy Conference in Fairbanks in April and have been working with industry experts. Biomass and Southeast supply and demand issues were also addressed at REAP’s Business of Clean Energy Conference last week, with SSP Regional Catalyst Todd Bailey presenting on Southeast demand issues. I’m now planning a trip for Prince of Wales Island for the week of May 12.