WHEREAS, Alaska is blessed with abundant and varied natural energy resources, yet faces some of the highest energy costs in the nation; and
WHEREAS, affordable and reliable energy is critical to Alaskan businesses, communities, families and individuals, who rely on fuel and electrical generation for heat, lighting and transportation in an often harsh and remote environment; and
WHEREAS, in 2010, Alaska adopted a statewide policy to address Alaska’s energy challenges which called for increases in renewable energy generation and energy efficiency improvements; and
WHEREAS, Alaska has the natural resources, human ingenuity, and motivation to be a leader in the new energy economy through research, development and deployment of innovative technologies; and
WHEREAS, October will kick off the Great Alaska Energy Challenge, which challenges State employees to “lead by example” in conserving energy and saving money in State buildings.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Bill Walker, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim October 2016 as:
Alaska Energy Awareness Month
in Alaska, and encourage all Alaskans to strive for increased energy efficiency and awareness at home and at work as an essential part of creating a sustainable energy future for our state.
Dated: October 3, 2016