Newsminer: Borough declares an energy emergency

From The Fairbanks Daily Newsminer May 9th, 2008

The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly on Thursday declared skyrocketing energy costs a public emergency and prepared to put state aid, aimed at boosting energy efficiency in homes, on the fast track.

Borough officials said they’ll team with the Cold Climate Housing Research Center to get the rebate program on the fast track by training energy raters and contractors.

John Davies, a director at the research center, said the community needs many more trained and certified energy raters — he estimated one-third of homes in Fairbanks could stand to see significant energy-efficiency upgrades.

“If we work really hard we might be able to get to between two (thousand) and four thousand (homes) before the end of this season,” Davies said.

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