The last couple years there has been a strong media focus on the State’s involvement with energy production and policy effecting private ventures who handle extraction, transportation and distribution. These are macro concerns that state government obviously needs to put effort into due to their scale and the complexity of various statutes and regulations that exist.  Concurrently, the  State has worked through Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) to increase residential efficiency in the use of energy.  (In fact, according to Shaina Kilcoyne,  the energy efficiency director for the Renewable Energy Alaska Project, 31,000 known homes have been a part of AHFC’s Energy Rebate and Weatherization programs).  Yet the lion’s share of energy in Alaska is used by transportation- and when it comes to space heating and electricity, facilities use dwarfs the overall home use in the state.  Going back and providing energy efficient ‘fixes’ in retrofits helps matters, yet proactively the buildings to be constructed in the future will have a strong effect on the amount of energy used for space heating, lighting and ventilation exchanges.  Hopefully the State of Alaska (or public municipalities-where they exist) will  have an active and strong hand in enabling  energy efficient new build equipment and techniques as well as retrofits similar to the residential push (which according to  Shaina has save tens of millions of dollars as well as the creation of thousands of jobs).

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