Fishing Vessel Energy Audit Pilot Project Announced

fishing vessel energy audit pilot project under way by the Alaska Fisheries
Development Foundation is asking for owners of fishing vessels to volunteer to
participate in the project.
vessel owners will receive free audits in exchange for information regarding
energy systems and use during normal fishing operations on their vessel and
approximately one to two days of vessel and owner time in order to coordinate
and perform the walk-through audit.
to limited funding, the pilot project will be restricted to vessels between 30
feet and 125 feet in length. Julie Decker, development director for AFDF, said
they would like to hear from vessel owners by June 15.

find out more about volunteering to participate in the pilot project, contact
Decker at

has issued a request for proposals from qualified contractors to provide vessel
energy auditing and energy efficiency management services for the development
and implementation of this pilot project. The fishing vessel energy audits will
provide analyses of energy use and cost, and recommendations to reduce energy
use and cost for these specific vessels, and in a format applicable to other
vessels with similar characteristics and operational patterns.

information on the RFP is at

intent of the project is to identify fuel savings through energy efficiency
practices or upgrades onboard fishing vessels in Alaska. Fishing vessels have
the potential to reduce energy use through improved efficiency by 15-40

of the audits will be provided to the vessel owners and other fishermen with
vessels of similar size and/or gear types. The final analysis of the pilot
project will also help to inform a potential long-term program for the state of

is collaborating with the Alaska Energy Authority, industry representatives and
the University of Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program on the pilot
project. The effort is funded through a grant from the Alaska Legislature and
is being administered through the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and
Economic Development.