SB 17: Clean Energy Incentives

Public Testimony Tuesday 3/30 at 3:30 PM


What it is:

Building on the successes of the Alaska Sustainable Energy Act, SB 17 extends the energy efficiency retrofit program to schools and community centers that are eligible for the Power Cost Equalization Program. This creates incentives to reform retrofits for buildings that receive State support for their energy bills, which will save the State, school districts, and communities money. 

SB 17 will also provide rapid economic recovery by bringing in new investment to support an Alaska-based clean energy industry.


Talking Points:
  • SB 17 will provide rapid economic recovery by bringing in new investment to support an Alaska-based clean energy industry.
  • SB 17 will ensure the benefits of the state’s energy policy, clean energy, and energy retrofitting will proliferate into rural communities, rather than just reaching the goal through one large Railbelt project. 
  • SB 17 creates incentives to reform retrofits for buildings that receive State support for their energy bills, which will save the State, school districts, and communities money. 
  • SB 17 builds on the successes of the Alaska Sustainable Energy Act and extends the energy efficiency retrofit program to schools and community centers that are eligible for the Power Cost Equalization Program.
  • SB 17 is a viable and common-sense move for our clean energy goals. In 2010, the Alaska Sustainable Energy Act set forth a goal of retrofitting 25% of the state’s buildings over 10,000 square feet for energy efficiency by 2020. They successfully achieved that goal 6 years early!

Testimony Tips:
  • If you are calling from Anchorage please call: 563-9085. If calling from Juneau please call 586-9085. From all other prefixes call 1-844-586-9085
  • Before you call, know the bill number and committee you will be addressing. (SB 17, Senate Community and Regional Affairs) 
  • Prepare your testimony with the expectation you will have approximately two minutes to deliver your message.
  • Please call to be connected 5 to 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.(start time 3:30, 3/30/2021)
  • When it is your turn to testify: Your name will be called and you will hear the audio prompt, “Your line is unmuted.”  State your full name, where you are from, and your affiliation. “Madam/ Mr. Chair and members of the committee, my name is ____, I am from ____ and am representing (myself, business or organization name)” then Provide your testimony.
  • When you are finished with your testimony, committee members may ask you questions. If there are no questions and you have access to the internet, please disconnect your phone and stream the remainder of the meeting at akleg.gov 

When calling in to testify, do not use a speakerphone. Speakerphone audio quality is poor and makes it difficult for legislators to understand you.  There will be periods of silence – don’t hang up! Prior to a meeting beginning the line will be silent. Be patient and wait for the meeting to begin. After the meeting begins, the committee may take an “at ease”. The line will be silent when the committee is not on the record.  Ensure you are in a quiet setting when testifying. Background noise diminishes the quality of your testimony. If you are inaudible, the chairman may ask you to try and remedy the situation. If it is not improved, they may ask you to submit written testimony instead.  Written testimony may be provided if time doesn’t allow you to wait. Written testimony should be directed to the committee. Committee email addresses are located here: http://akleg.gov/docs/excel/Committee-Email-Addresses.xlsx



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