Clean Energy Business Ecosystem Development
At the conclusion of the Clean Energy Cluster Working Group process, participants determined that the majority of the initiatives identified by the group were being actively worked by existing associations and interested parties. It was agreed that the principal activity of this cluster going forward would be the Clean Energy Business Ecosystem Development Initiative. Details of this overarching initiative are presented here:
Clean Energy Initiatives
1. Expand Funding- Review, rate and recommend (white paper) effectiveness of existing AK models for RE funding as compared to other area’s effective models. Promote expansion and continuation of funding sources: e.g. AEA /Renewable Energy Grant and Emerging Technology Grant funds for Alaska.
2. Research & Communication- Identify working models of university/industry partnerships and present to UA system. Identify public private partnership projects with model industry impact (i.e. RE industry park); Develop prospectus for targeted projects; Advance prospectus with likely public/private partners. Market Alaska through the U.S. as a test venue for new technologies and unique opportunities. Perform market, economic and technical modeling to construct best case business scenarios for renewable energy business investment.
3. One Stop Permitting- Through legislation or regulation, create a one-stop permitting shop (possibly federal, state and local government) to simplify/expedite permitting process. This is likely a regulatory task, e.g. “large project office” model.
4. Energy Efficiency Legislation & Incentives- Draft and advance legislation to promote energy efficiency and eliminate/decouple utility disincentives for participating in renewable energy efficiency projects.
5. Business Education & Awareness- Identify or develop an RE education piece designed for students and promote to school system. Advance science, engineering and mathematics (STEM) coalition focus on renewable energy.