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Annual energy forum slated for Oct. 13-14


October 5, 2017 | View PDF

The City of Seward and the Seward Sustainable Energy Group will host the fourth annual Seward Energy Forum & Fair on Oct. 13-14 at the AVTEC Student Service Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

The Seward Energy Forum & Fair is the only sustainable energy conference and fair event held on the Kenai Peninsula that is open to the general public and is free to attend.

Speakers from various statewide agencies and businesses will be presenting updates and educational talks on renewable energy and energy efficiency.  Representatives from the Alaska Energy Authority, Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, USDA - Rural Development State Office, Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP), Alaska Center of Energy and Power (ACEP), Homer Electric Association, The Comforts of Home and Your Clean Energy will be presenting throughout this two-day event. Exhibitors, including Alaska Efficient Energy Solutions, Northern Energy Technology, Susitna Energy Systems,  and The Comforts of Home, LLC., will also be on hand sharing product information on renewable energy systems and energy efficiency educational material, and to answer general questions. At the end of Friday's session, a tour is being offered to learn about the Alaska SeaLife Center's new CO2 Heat pump. Space is limited for the tour and sign-up is required.

Throughout the Seward Energy event, attendees will be encouraged to vote on the fourth annual Seward Energy Fair's Student Art Contest. The top two entries from elementary, middle and high school students will receive prizes that encourage outdoor recreation and have been donated from various tourism business that support sustainability and reducing our carbon imprint, including Major Marine Tours, Alaska Railroad, Alaska SeaLife Center, Alaska Rivers Company, Alaska Wildland Adventures and Stoney Creek Canopy Tours. Submissions for the art contest are due to the Seward Chamber of Commerce by Wednesday, October 11.

New for 2017 is a science challenge to be held on Saturday for middle school and high school students competing for more than $2,500 in scholarship funding.  The Seward Sustainable Energy Group is offering a "Design & Problem Solving with Technology Science Challenge" for Kenai Peninsula Borough School District students to find alternative and sustainable resources to reduce and stabilize the cost of energy for heat and power for their schools, as well as encourage energy efficiency methods in their daily operations. Scholarship contributions have been made by Chugach Electric Association, Marathon Constructors Inspection Services, First National Bank Alaska, and the Seward and Cooper Landing Chambers of Commerce. Entry applications are due to the Seward Chamber office by Tuesday, October 10.  After the student science challenge, renewable education presentations and exhibits will be available and open until the Forum and Fair closes at 4 p.m.

More information about the energy art contest, Seward science challenge, exhibiting or sponsorship opportunities, and the complete two-day schedule can be found at or by calling the Seward Chamber of Commerce at 224-8051.

The Seward Sustainable Energy Group (SSEG) was founded by the Seward Chamber of Commerce under the Seward Economic Growth Plan. SSEG is a group of local citizens who wish to encourage renewable energy and clean technology development in Alaska.  The organization's goal is to educate and create awareness and support for their cause in promoting a community-wide energy plan, and thereby decrease the community's carbon imprint on the environment, reduce the cost of living and lead to economic growth for the region.


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