Press Releases

Stay up to date with the latest Alaska Energy Authority news.

August 3, 2022
AEA Submits Alaska’s National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Plan
(Anchorage) — On Friday, the Alaska Energy Authority (AEA), in coordination with the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF), submitted its State of Alaska Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Implementation Plan (The Plan) to the United States Joint Office of Energy and Transportation.

 

June 30, 2022
AEA Applauds Passage of Clean Energy Financing Program
(Anchorage) — The Alaska State Legislature passed House Bill 227 during the 32nd Legislative Session, a bill to expand opportunities for commercial property owners to finance clean energy and resilience measures in buildings. The Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) program helps commercial and industrial property owners obtain low-cost, long-term financing for clean energy projects. The costs are paid back through a voluntary special assessment alongside the property tax bill.

 

June 29, 2022
AEA Seeks Public Comment on Alaska’s EV Infrastructure Implementation Plan
(Anchorage) — The Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) is working with the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities and diverse stakeholders across the state to develop an Electric Vehicle (EV) Infrastructure Implementation Plan as required by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act’s National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program. Through the NEVI program, Alaska will receive more than $50 million over five years.

 

May 25, 2022
AEA, Railbelt Utilities Unveil More Than $200 Million in Transmission Upgrades
(Anchorage) — On Wednesday, May 25, during the Alaska Sustainable Energy Conference the Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) and the Railbelt utilities announced plans to spend more than $200 million on transmission line upgrades. These enhancements will reduce line losses, increase capacity, and improve the delivery of power from the Bradley Lake Hydroelectric Project (Bradley Lake) to Railbelt consumers.

 

May 13, 2022
AEA Launches RFI for Electric Vehicle Charging Site Hosts
(Anchorage) — Today, the Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) launched a Request for Information (RFI) inviting Alaskans to provide input on locating electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure along Alaska’s alternative fuel corridor and other locations across the state, including highways, the marine highway system, and in rural Alaska.

 

April 25, 2022
AEA Announces Renewable Energy Fund Round 14 Recommendations
(Anchorage) — As of the January 18, 2022 deadline for Round 14 Renewable Energy Fund (REF) grant applications, the Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) received 39 applications. Upon conclusion of the REF application review and evaluation period, 27 applications were presented to the Renewable Energy Fund Advisory Committee (REFAC) on April 15, 2022 as required by statute.

 

March 17, 2022
AEA Accepting Applications for Village Energy Efficiency Program Grants
(Anchorage) — The Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) is soliciting grant applications from eligible communities under a new Village Energy Efficiency Program (VEEP) initiative, funded by $500,000 from the Denali Commission.

December 15, 2021
AEA Statement on Governor Dunleavy’s Budget Proposal for Fiscal Year 2023
(Anchorage) — Today, Governor Mike Dunleavy unveiled his proposed budget for the next fiscal year. The Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) is pleased that significant investments in energy for Alaska are expected and that increased support for alternative and renewable energy technologies is also planned.

November 16, 2021
Application Period Opens for Renewable Energy Fund Grants
(Anchorage) — The Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) on Monday announced it is seeking applications for Renewable Energy Fund (REF) grants to help Alaskans reduce the cost of energy through the development of renewable energy projects.

September 21, 2021
The Alaska Energy Authority and FreeWire Technologies Unveil Alaska’s First Ultrafast Electric Vehicle Charging Station
(Homer) — The Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) and FreeWire Technologies, a leader in electric vehicle (EV) charging and power solutions, will host a special ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. on September 23 at AJ’s OldTown Steakhouse & Tavern in Homer, Alaska to commemorate the commissioning of the first of nine EV fast-charging stations to be installed on a statewide network and the very first ultrafast EV charger in Alaska. AEA’s goal is to implement a fully operational fast-charging corridor by Summer 2022.

June 14, 2021
AEA Awards Nearly $1 Million for Nine EV Fast-Charging Stations
(Anchorage) — The Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) awarded nearly $1 million in grants to support the installation of eight Level 2 (L2) electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging stations and 15 Direct Current Fast Charging (DCFC) stations at nine locations across Alaska.

February 23, 2021
AEA Issues Request for Qualifications to Develop Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Across Alaska
(Anchorage) — The Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) has released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Suppliers. All responses to the RFQ must be submitted to AEA no later than 4 p.m. on March 8.

January 5, 2021
AEA West Fork Upper Battle Creek Diversion Project to Receive Top Honors for 2021 ACEC of Montana Engineering Excellence
(Anchorage) — The Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) is pleased to announce the American Council of Engineering Companies of Montana (ACEC of Montana) has selected the West Fork Upper Battle Creek Diversion (WFUBCD) Project for the 2021 Montana Grand Project Award.

December 17, 2020
AEA Completes Acquisition of Homer Electric Association’s 115-kV Transmission Line
(Anchorage) – The Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) today has completed its previously announced acquisition of a Homer Electric Association (HEA) transmission asset for $17 million that runs between the Sterling Substation and the Quartz Creek Substation (SSQ Line) on Kenai Lake.

December 10, 2020
Denali Commission, U.S. Forest Service, and AEA Announce Over $1 Million in Funding for Biomass Projects in Rural Communities
(Anchorage) – The Alaska Energy Authority (AEA), along with Federal partner agencies the Denali Commission and the U.S. Forest Service, announce a cooperative effort to invest $1,037,000 with over $400,000 in community matching funds in state-of-the-art district wood heating systems in three rural Alaska communities.

September 16, 2020
AEA Awarded $21 Million BUILD Grant for Anchorage Airport Project
(Anchorage) – The Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) has been awarded a $21 million grant from the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) to participate in construction of a cargo storage and warehouse facility at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC).

September 10, 2020
Alaska C-PACE Program Handbook Published! Municipality of Anchorage Submits Local C-PACE Legislation
The Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) and PACE Financial Servicing are pleased to report the continued development of C-PACE in the state of Alaska through the completion of the Alaska C-PACE website, the publishing of the initial Program Handbook, and the progress that the Municipality of Anchorage has made by submitting a Resolution of Intent to establish a C-PACE program.

August 27, 2020
AEA Completes Battle Creek Diversion Project at Bradley Lake Hydro 
(Anchorage) – On Tuesday, August 25, the Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) held a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Bradley Lake Hydroelectric Project near Homer to celebrate its completion of the West Fork Upper Battle Creek Diversion project.

August 6, 2020
AEA Board Supports Purchase of Soldotna-Quartz Creek Transmission Line
(Anchorage) – The Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) Board of Directors moved toward improving the reliability of the Railbelt bulk power system and decreasing costs for Alaska’s Railbelt ratepayers.

July 20, 2020
Application Period Opens for Renewable Energy Fund Grants
The Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) on Monday announced it is seeking applications for Renewable Energy Fund (REF) grants to help Alaskans reduce the cost of energy through the development of renewable energy projects.

February 25, 2020
AEA Announces Volkswagen Settlement School Bus Grant
(Anchorage) - The Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) is pleased to announce that eight school districts will receive approximately $4.4 million to replace 33 older diesel school buses with new cleanburning buses under the Volkswagen (VW) Settlement School Bus Replacement Program.

November 15, 2019
AEA Finances Alaska's Largest Solar Project
(Anchorage) - The Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) is pleased to announce that the Willow Solar Farm Expansion project, financed through the Authority’s Power Project Fund (PPF) loan program, is expected to come online in December.

October 14, 2019
AEA Annonces Village Energy Efficiency Grant Awards
(Anchorage) - The Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) is pleased to announce that 47 rural Alaska communities from across the state have been selected to receive funding under a new Village Energy Efficiency Program (VEEP) initiative that is supported with a $1 million grant from Wells Fargo.

January 22, 2019
Alaska Energy Authority Names New Executive Director
(Anchorage) - The The Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) Board announces the appointment of Curtis W. Thayer as AEA Executive Director.