, policy and programs director with Alaska Energy Authority
, which administers the Renewable Energy Fund
, said it has been crucial in getting projects off the drawing board and onto the grid.
"I'd say what the fund has really done, over the last few years, it has made projects happen," Skaling
From a wind system in Kwigillingok to hydropower in Chignik Lagoon to a biomass boiler in Thorne Bay, the fund has provided seed money or shouldered the full cost of projects across Alaska.
The Authority has prioritized efforts to reduce the use of diesel fuel, which can make lighting or heating a home in many parts of the state intolerably expensive.
"If you pay a lot for electricity or pay a lot for heating fuel, those are the projects that are most likely to rise in the criteria," Skaling