NSEDC supports the improvement and development of large-scale safe, reliable energy infrastructure within in the Norton Sound region and recognizes the critical role energy plays in the quality of life and economic development of our communities. The Community Energy Fund (CEF) promotes the development of efficient energy systems that are feasible, sustainable and environmentally sound, supporting the goal of reducing the energy costs for households and community facilities.
The NSEDC Board of Directors allocated $1,000,000 to each of its 15 member communities with the intent of contributing to long-term solutions that decrease the high costs of energy. The objective of the CEF program is to support community power projects by contributing additional funding to the respective communities’ established energy project(s) and expanding project capabilities. In 2016 the NSEDC Board of Directors extended the CEF’s sunset date to December 15, 2021.
CEF program funding may be used to assist with, but is not limited to, the installation and construction of community-wide alternative and renewable energy systems (i.e. wind turbines to connect to existing power generation systems) and efficiency upgrades or adjustments to existing power generation and distribution systems. This program will not fund feasibility studies for energy upgrades or construction projects. The program funds are meant to facilitate the actual implementation of projects that are past the conceptual phase (“shovel-ready”).
Eligible applicants are local utility providers, municipal governments, ANCSA Village Corporations or federally recognized tribal governments and must be located in one of NSEDC’s member communities.
For more information or to obtain a Community Energy Fund application contact: Paul Ivanoff III, Community Benefits Director at 907.624.3190 or 800.385.3190.