Village Energy Efficiency Program

  • Overview
  • Goal & Measures
  • Application Materials
  • Phases


Village Energy Efficiency Program (VEEP) upgrades are performed in rural Alaskan community buildings. From January 2005 through January 2007, the Alaska Energy Authority (AEA), with funding from the Denali Commission, worked with 17 villages to help them achieve energy savings by replacing or installing energy-efficient lighting, switch boxes, motion sensors, set back thermostats, weather stripping and low mass boilers.

 Additional funding has been added to this program over the years (see color coded map on the left). There are currently three phases of funding with Phase II communities recently completed.  Current work in Phase III villages of Arctic Village, Venetie, Fort Yukon, Beaver, Stevens Village, Alatna, Allalaket, Hughes, Huslia, Stebbins, Saint Michael, Unalakleet, Takotna, Kwethluk, Kipnuk, Ekwok, New Stoyahok, Levelock, and Chitna, is ongoing.

Community selection was based on the status of the respective village’s Rural Power System Upgrade (RPSU). The community either recently received or is slated to receive a new power system.

Alaska Building Science Network (ABSN-- www.absn.com) administered the grants on behalf of the communities. ABSN was able to leverage funds through in-kind contributions. As a result, significant progress toward community energy efficiency was achieved. Whenever possible, ABSN hired local labor and provided project-specific training along with boiler maintenance training.

Additionally, AEA partnered with AHFC, AVEC, AVCP-Housing, the community of Nightmute, Denali Commission, and Rural Cap to perform a "whole village" retrofit. This is a comprehensive look at the community's energy needs and capitalizing on opportunities available from different agencies. A full report on Nightmute will be posted in 2010. 

Whole Village Retrofit
Nightmute Whole Village Retrofit--Then and Now

For more information contact:

Cady Lister, Chief Economist
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Program
Tel. 907-771-3039  
Fax 907-771-3044                      

Rebecca Garrett, Project Manager
Tel. (907) 771-3042
Fax (907) 771-3044



 

 

The goal of the Village Energy Efficiency Program (VEEP) is to implement energy and cost saving efficiency measures in buildings and facilities in small Alaska communities. Service providers work with individual communities and school districts to determine the best energy saving measures for the amount of money allocated to the community.           

The VEEP program began as the Village End Use Efficiency Measures (VEUEM) Program in 2005 with funding from the Denali Commission. Measures implemented under this iteration of the program were primarily lighting upgrades and some weatherization. Between 2005 and 2009 forty-nine communities benefited from this program. Between 2010-2012 The American Recover and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funded energy efficiency improvement projects in an additional 118 communities through the Small Cities EECBG and VEEP programs. These projects, VEEP in particular, used the VEUEM model but increased the funding level per community for a deeper dive into building efficiency improvements. The early VEEP program saw a return on investment of over 300 percent.

In 2013, AEA codified regulations for VEEP. Communities with a population no greater than 8,000 residents are eligible for VEEP funding, which is competitively awarded after open application periods. The FY14 VEEP application period closed in the fall of 2013 and produced 84 applications totaling over $10 million in requested funding. Seven communities were awarded a total of approximately $1.4 million for energy and cost saving efficiency projects.

 

 

FY14 Application Materials

Funding Announcement and Instructions

If you are interested in receiving email notification of updates and FAQ's, please fill out the Intent to Apply form and return it to AEA as soon as possible.

FY14 Grant Application Packets (select one)

Please select the type of project you are applying for and open the application package. The difference between the two options is explained in detail in the Funding Announcement and Instructions. The package will include a budget form and W-9:

Nightmute Whole Village Retrofit--Then and Now  
Opt-Out Technical Assistance 
 

Supporting Materials

Previously funded sites
Frequently asked questions    7-13-2013 
Sample grant document (grant provisions)

Outside Links

DCCED Community Database (for determining population) http://commerce.alaska.gov/cra/DCRAExternal/community

U.S. Department of Energy START program http://energy.gov/indianenergy/resources/start-program
 

 Reporting Document
 Reporting Instructions  Financial Report  
 Narrative Progress Report  Benchmarking Form (to be completed with building audit)
 Initial Audit Report  Sample Work plan
 Implemented Measures Report  Operations and Maintenance Guidance
 EE MAP  AEA Photo Release