The TCC Rural Energy Department focuses on community-wide energy efficiency, renewable energy, and energy efficient buildings projects.
Our deparment works closely with Tribes, Utilities, Municipalities, ANTHC and CCHRC to make these projects successful. Additionally, we work with other Partner Organizations, including the State and Federal government, to find clean and affordable energy solutions for our communities.
- Galena Biomass Energy Project: Replaces the Gila Interior Learning Academy (GILA) diesel heating system with a biomass district heat system.
Solar Electricity: Fort Yukon Solar Electric Project is a solar electric project above the Arctic Circle that reduces the demand for diesel generated electricity.
LED Lighting Retrofit: Huslia LED Lighting Retrofit Project is a LED bulb replacement program that reduces village lighting costs.
Biomass Heat: Koyukuk’s Wood Boiler District Heat System is a wood heat project that reduces fuel oil consumption and fosters community growth. The Koyukuk Tribal Council worked with IRHA, ANTHC and TCC to maximize energy efficiency for three buildings in Koyukuk.
Sustainable Energy Solutions for Rural Alaska: The Sustainable Energy Solutions for Rural Alaska Report provides a suggestions for rural Alaska communities to achieve self-sufficiency and lower energy costs.
Gwichin Solar and Energy Efficiency in the Arctic: The TCC Rural Energy Department worked with Gwichyaa Zhee Gwich’in Tribal Government, located in Fort Yukon, on their 18kW solar PV Array and LED lighting project for their tribal office. This completed project is now saving the tribe more than 50% off their annual electrical bills : Gwich’in Solar and Energy Efficiency in the Arctic Project
Proposed Hydropower Plan for Tok: Backers of a proposed new hydropower project near Tok say it could significantly slash electric rates in an area plagued by high energy costs.
Interior Regional Energy Plan
In 2015 TCC contracted with the Alaska Energy Authority to complete the Interior Regional Energy Plan.
The plan was aimed at identifying opportunities for renewable energy, energy efficiency and operational efficiency in existing energy generation and transportation systems. Meetings were held in each of TCC’s subregion and feedback was solicited from major energy stakeholders in each community, including municipalities, tribes, utilities, school districts and residents. The plan is intended to be useful for making policy decisions at the state level and village decisions at the community level.