Rural Energy Initiative

Improving the sustainability and reduction in operating costs for rural sanitation systems and health care facilities across Alaska

Rural Energy Initiative
(907) 729-3942

Providing the health benefits of clean water and sanitary sewer systems for remote communities in cold climates makes for unique challenges, including extremely high energy usage and high energy costs. The goal of ANTHC’s Rural Energy Initiative is that basic sanitation be efficient, sustainable and affordable.

The program works directly with rural communities to improve the sustainability and lower operating costs of rural sanitation systems and health care facilities across Alaska. Our work has been recognized with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services “Green Champion Award” four times from 2011-2015.

The Consortium’s Rural Energy Initiative employs a comprehensive and multifaceted approach to reducing energy costs that includes:

  • Conducting energy audits of facilities to analyze and identify energy use and determine potential improvements projects for maximum energy savings;
  • Implementing energy efficiency retrofits and providing operator training/education to reduce energy usage;
  • The design and construction of renewable energy projects that reduce dependence on imported diesel fuel for heating and electricity (biomass, heat recovery, ground and air source heat pumps, solar, wind and hydro); and
  • Monitoring results and effectiveness by utilizing innovative remote monitoring technology.


AVTEC Sanitation Energy Efficiency Training

This training program, offered in partnership with the Alaska Vocational Technical Center (AVTEC), follows the Water Treatment Level I/Water Distribution Level I Training designed to prepare operators for the provisional exam to become certified water plant operators.

The Sanitation Energy Efficiency training covered a broad range of topics including boilers and heating principles, heating controls and electrical energy usage. The goal of the training is to help operators better understand operations and maintenance of their community’s water plant. Many current operators know the basics, but this training helps supplement their knowledge with strategies to save energy and heating costs that optimize usage for each community.