$16M in federal energy grants announced for rural Alaska

    Recipients of the High Energy Cost Grants include towns, tribal organizations and utilities in various parts of the state.

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Rural communities in Alaska are set to receive more than $16 million in federal grants to go toward their energy projects.

    The Alaska Public Radio Network reports the U.S. Department of Agriculture made the announcement Wednesday. The grants will fund projects in areas where households pay at least 275 percent of the national average for their energy.

    Recipients of the High Energy Cost Grants include towns, tribal organizations and utilities in various parts of Alaska. The awards range from $450,000 for the city of Grayling to $3 million for the Alaska Village Electric Co-op.

    All projects are aimed at using alternative energy sources or increasing efficiency in an effort to reduce dependence on diesel.

    Grant recipients still need to complete environmental reviews of their projects before securing the funding.

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