Story last updated at 12/26/2012 - 4:12 pm
USDA-RD Alaska State Director Jim Nordlund announced that USDA-RD's Rural Utilities Service has approved High Energy Cost Grants (HECG) for three Alaska entities.
"This funding is available for upgrading and furnishing energy generation, transmission and distribution facilities that serve rural communities with average home energy costs exceeding 275 percent of the national average. Rural Alaska communities face extremely high energy costs and this program assists them with more efficient electrical generation and renewable energy," said Nordlund.
Grant funds may be used for on-grid and off-grid renewable energy projects, energy efficiency and energy conservation projects serving eligible rural communities. Applications for competitive grant awards are accepted only during the application period, which is announced in a published Notice of Funding Availability.
The City of Coffman Cove was awarded $175,000 in HECG funds to provide a renewable energy intertie to part of their city, which presently is self-generating electricity because it is not on the Island's micro-grid.
The Alaska Village Electric Cooperative, Inc. was awarded $2,520,000 in HECG funds that will be used to provide an electrical intertie between the two neighboring rural Alaskan communities of New Stuyahok and Ekwok. The proposed eight-mile electrical interties will provide energy cost stability for both eligible communities with a total population of 625.
The Denali Commission was awarded $2,500,000 in HECG funds that will support the Denali Commission's assistance to the Alaska Village Electric Cooperative, as it constructs an electrical intertie between the communities of Stebbins and Saint Michael.
For additional information on RD projects, please visit Rural Development's new interactive web map featuring program funding and success stories for fiscal years 2009 - 2011. The data can be found at: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/RDSuccessStories.html.