Alaska gauges interest in funds for renewables, including hydro, kinetic

The Denali Commission and Alaska Energy Authority are inviting letters of interest in developing renewable or alternative energy projects, including resources such as hydroelectric, river, and ocean projects. Responses are due Aug. 31.

While funds are not currently offered, the commission plans to use the responses to develop criteria and funding ranges for a request for proposals that would offer up to $5 million in assistance to alternative and renewable energy projects.

The agencies said letters of interest would help the agencies design programs to provide technical and financial assistance to developers. They are expected to help establish levels of interest, need, technical assistance, and funding considerations.

The agencies consider �alternative� energy to mean electrical, heat, or mechanical energy or fuel derived from renewable sources, including hydroelectric, river, ocean, wind, solar, geothermal, and biomass resources. Coal and natural gas projects that serve populations of less than 10,000, or are converted into energy in a carbon-neutral manner also are considered alternative energy.

The Denali Commission, which delivers federal government services in Alaska, recently awarded a $1.6 million grant to Alaska Power Co. to help develop the 100-kW Eagle River Turbine hydrokinetic project on Alaska’s Yukon River. (HNN 8/2/07)

The request for letters of interest and other information may be obtained from the commission’s Internet site, www.denali.gov. Letters are due, by mail, fax, or e-mail, to the address below by 5 p.m., Aug. 31. For information, contact Energy LOI, Attn: Kathy Prentki, Denali Commission, 510 L St., Suite 410, Anchorage, AK 99501; (1) 907-271-1414; Fax: (1) 907-271-1415; E-mail: energy.loi.denali.gov.

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