energy efficiency

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The Fairbanks North Star Borough does not have a plan to respond to climate change, like the one under consideration by the Anchorage Assembly, which aims to cut the city’s greenhouse-gas emissions by 80 percent within 30 years. But a group of UAF students have come up recommendations on what a Fairbanks-area climate-action plan might look like, and how local leaders could get citizens to buy-in to it.


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Golden Valley Electric Association has pledged to reduce the amount of climate-changing carbon its power plants emit by 26 percent, based on 2012 levels, over the next 11 years. Members of environmental groups welcome the so-called Green Goals approved last week by Golden Valley’s board of directors. And they’re challenging the co-op to set its carbon-reduction goals even higher.


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The Fairbanks North Star Borough replaced all the old fluorescent tubes at the Central Recycling Facility Monday with much more-efficient LED lighting. It’s one of several energy-efficiency efforts the borough has undertaken this year that will save taxpayers nearly a million dollars in the coming years.


Fairbanks Rescue Mission

The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly on Thursday approved an ordinance that renames the borough Recycling Commission and broadens its scope. The new advisory panel would be rebranded as the Sustainability Commission, and the new name would reflect its increased mission to include promoting environmentally cleaner practices, renewable energy and food security.

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Fairbanks, North Pole Advance in Energy Prize Contest

Jan 15, 2015

Fairbanks, AK - Fairbanks and North Pole are among 50 communities competing for a $5 million dollar prize as part of a national energy competition hosted by Georgetown University.  Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Luke Hopkins says the communities have been working on an eighteen-page application since 2013.  It outlines a plan to reduce energy consumption by at least a required 12 percent. “We are now able to start the competition and so from here on out, this is where we will be showing our data that we submit to Georgetown," Hopkins explained.

CCHRC

Alaska rates near the bottom in a nationwide survey on how states are improving energy-efficiency programs. But a state energy official says the survey may not be giving Alaska enough credit for the programs it has put in place in recent years.


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As energy prices continue to rise, Alaskan engineers and builders are pushing the envelope in the quest to build ever-more energy-efficient housing. Some of those innovations are making their way into residential construction, as builders look to meet homebuyers' demand.