[It] is the way our local utility gauges interest in renewable energy, and is also how it pays renewable producers. Right now, SNAP has less than one thousand members.Good on you, Garrison, and I think I'll take your advice.
I can't really complain about this small number, since until today, I wasn't a member of SNAP. Many of us don't get an electric bill, or have it on autopay, or pay our electric bill to a landlord. So we don't see a box that says "check here to become a member of SNAP." Since I am one of those, I had to actually hunt down the link to become a SNAP member, and after I found the web page, it was really easy. So, I'm including the link to the web page to sign up to be a SNAP member. It's https://www.gvea.com/secure/snap.php. If every one of you signs up for SNAP as a result of this email, which is really just a reminder, then we will have doubled the number of SNAP members. Think about that--Fairbanks' main renewable energy program could grow by 100% in the next few hours if you just click on the link below.
I signed up to donate $5 a month. The minimum is $2. I know we can all afford that. It's more of a statement that, yes, the Interior cares about energy. That's really all we can do right now; make a statement. But I assure you that its a loud statement, and that there are a lot of people working to make sure that this statement doesn't go unnoticed.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Garrison Collette, who works as an energy extension agent at the Cooperative Extension Service, sent around a message via e-mail exhorting people to help support the Sustainable Natural Alternative Power program at GVEA. It's a good idea, in my mind, and like him, I just hadn't gotten around to it yet (I've been looking into producing alternative energy, but the Republic is not there yet, alas). Here's what he said about the program: