January 9, 2012
In their 2008 policy report to the Cold Climate Housing Research Center, Information Insights recommended a comprehensive public awareness campaign, among other things, be undertaken to improve energy efficiency and conservation in Alaska. The Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) has initiated a broad spectrum, collaborative Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EE&C) education and outreach campaign with the understanding this is a vital component of ensuring a long term, stable energy supply for Alaskans. In December 2011, Information Insights produced a second report titled Recommendations for Alaska Energy Efficiency and Conservation Public Education and Outreach that includes precise recommendations for launching an effective comprehensive, statewide EE&C public education campaign.
At the center of AEA’s EE&C outreach efforts are the Alaska Energy Efficiency Partnership and the Partnership’s collaborative website www.akenergyefficiency.org. This stakeholder group consists of over 40 statewide public, private, and non-profit entities from around Alaska working together to achieve common goals. You can read the Partnership’s mission statement here. The Partnership meets quarterly in Anchorage with teleconferencing for participants out of town. The collaborative website is a one-stop-shopping reference for energy efficiency information. The site, among other things, provides easy to understand energy saving tips, offers space to review or read reviews of energy raters, lists learning opportunities and other events relating to EE&C around Alaska.