Green Energy ($.7 Million)

The Green Energy Mariculture component project, will develop a long-term renewable energy plan, collect baseline data measurements of how energy is currently being used in the industry and generate an analysis with recommendations for renewable energy alternatives, and develop a “best practices guide” through energy audit procedures and standards for the Alaska mariculture industry. These three deliverables will help ensure that the industry develops sustainably and minimizes fossil fuel combustion by improving energy efficiency and using renewable energy when feasible. This component project allows the Alaska Mariculture Cluster to fulfill the EDA’s environmentally sustainable development investment priority by empowering mariculture entrepreneurs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from their energy infrastructure. In addition, the green energy component project fulfills the recovery and resilience priority by preventing reliance on fossil fuels that may become more expensive and less accessible in the future. This project now allows the mariculture industry to grow with energy efficiency, renewable energy, and best practices incorporated into initial designs rather than hoping for a transition in the future. This effort also opens the door to entrepreneurs and business owners in rural areas and those of diverse backgrounds to access a more sustainable, cost-effective industry.

 


Project Timeline Submitted the the EDA

Project Narrative Submitted to the EDA: Green Energy

 

Sub-Award Recipients

 

Current Updates

A contract has been awarded to UAF to help Incorporate Green Energy into Alaska Mariculture. 

 

Upcoming Opportunities

Green Energy in Mariculture Survey

The Green Energy in Mariculture (GEM) project aims to help farmers and processors maximize energy efficiency and renewable energy while minimizing dependence on fossil fuels. The project has three phases: a baseline study to quantify current energy use patterns, a green energy plan to guide investment as the industry grows, and a best practices guide for future energy audits and efficiency work. GEM will develop the baseline energy use profile by working with farmers and processors to measure energy use and determining patterns and trends in energy use. Farmers and processors that participate in the project will receive a stipend (of $800) as well as a report specific to their operation. To read more, click here. To express your interest in participating in the GEM project, click here.