In 2010, House Bill 306 established Alaska's state energy policy, which included an aggressive renewable electricity goal, as well as a goal to reduce per capita electricity use in the state by 15% by 2020. This goal must be translated into specific requirements for utilities to achieve savings of a specific amount to qualify as an EERS.
Historically, there has been very little utility customer energy efficiency program activity in Alaska. Most program activity is through the state government, not the utilities. Since 2008, Alaska's legislature has appropriated a total of $461.5 million to energy efficiency programs, which are covered on Alaska's Financial Incentives page.
In the last few years there have been stirrings of efficiency action that relate to utility programs, if indirectly, but these are not substantial relative to other states’ programs. In
June 2008, the passage of AK S 289 enacted Home Energy Rating Systems as Chapter No. 73.
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