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Welcome to the Guam Energy Office Website!

About Us

 

Who We Are

The Guam Energy Office is a small line agency within the Executive Branch of the Government of Guam.  Established since 1974, the Guam Energy Office continues to exist by Executive Orders and with mostly federal dollars from U.S. Department of Energy to operate and implement grant activities including addressing local initiatives.  With the Remaining Petroleum Violation Escrow distributions, the Guam Energy Office built its own office building authorized by U.S. Department of Energy in year 2000.  The office building is a small-scale demonstration facility featuring energy efficient measures such as lighting, Energy Star® office equipment and appliances, daylighting, solar applications, net metering, and roof/wall insulations.

 

Lorilee T. Crisostomo, Director                     lorilee.energy@energy.guam.gov

 

Lucy Kono, Administrative Officer                lucy.kono@energy.guam.gov

Our Mission

The Guam Energy Office is committed to promote energy conservation and energy efficiency, promote deployment of renewable energy technologies, and provide energy saving solutions to reduce fossil fuel dependency leading to a sustainable energy future for the island.

 

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Budget

The Fiscal Year 2017 Budget for the Guam Energy Office was the total amount of $892,685.00.

 

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State Energy Program

The U.S. Department of Energy’s State Energy Program (SEP) provides funding to States & Territories’ governor-designated state energy offices to enhance energy security, advance state-led energy initiatives, and maximize the benefits of reducing energy waste.  State energy offices are to tailor activities that are within grant guidelines to best meet their needs.

With the SEP grant funding, the Guam Energy Office provides energy efficient technical assistance contacts with consumers and businesses to aid them in implementing cost-effective energy efficiency actions, provides policy and input analysis, and much more.

  • Trainings, Workshops, Community/School Outreach, and Expo
  • Fuel and Power Data Compilation
  • Guam Energy Task Force
  • Office Building Demonstration

 

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Fuel and Power Data Compilation

The Guam Energy Office conducts data compilation through internal and external resources.  GPA GovGuam Agency Billing can be found under the Reports tab.

 

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School Outreach, Energy Sessions, Trainings, Workshops and Expo

The Guam Energy Office sponsors trainings, workshops, sessions, and holds an annual expo to reach out to the community about energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy technologies to reduce energy usage in buildings.

Also, in addition to having energy presentation to students in classroom setting when requested, the Guam Energy Office sponsors an annual Energy Poster and Essay Contest for schools island-wide around October/November to encourage students to show their understanding about energy through pictures and words.

 

Winners

2016 Winners of the Energy Poster & Essay Contest

Poster – Elementary School Category

First Place         Liam Padua                   Saint Anthony Catholic School

Second Place      Angelina Blaz                 Bishop Baumgartner Memorial School

Third Place        Angelique Garcia            Machananao Elementary School

 

Poster – Middle School Category

First Place         Angelica Poffenberger      Bishop Baumgartner Memorial School

Second Place      Jasmine Pangelinan         Saint Anthony Catholic School

Third Place        Trinity Apatang              Santa Barbara Catholic School

 

 

Essay – High School Category

First Place         Pilar Martin                  Academy of Our Lady of Guam

Second Place      Arika Wada                    John F. Kennedy High School

Third Place        Donita Rose Nucum         St. Paul Christian School

 

 

Energy Outreach Sessions 2017

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PV Training for Public Inspectors by Solar Energy International 2017

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Energy Expo 2017

 

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Guam Energy Task Force

The Guam Energy Task Force continues to meet to discuss the next steps to take for the island to have sustainable energy future.

 

 

Plug-In Electric Vehicle Rebate Program

The Plug-In Electric Vehicle (EV) Rebate Program is a local program for Guam Energy Office to adopt rules and regulations 180 days after the enactment of law and offer rebate for not more than 10% of the total base price of a qualified plug-in electric drive motor vehicle.  The amount of $300,000 was appropriated for the local program.  Funds continue to be available until fully expended.  In FY 2015, the Guam Energy Office established the regulations, developed the application forms to include proof of required documents, held public hearings to finalize regulations, and then worked with automotive dealerships to consider importing EVs to Guam.  The goal of this program is to reduce fuel consumption, reduce harmful emissions into the environment, and to stimulate Guam’s economy by assisting residents with rebates for the purchase of EVs.  Issuing rebates to residents started in FY 2016.

 

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Weatherization Assistance Program

The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is a federally funded annual program that helps reduce energy costs for eligible low-income households by improving the energy efficiency of their homes while ensuring their health and safety.  From replacement of refrigerators to installation of smoke detectors, this program is geared to eligible elderly, individuals with disabilities, and families with children.  WAP services are free to households meeting criteria based on household income and acceptable housing.  To qualify, the total household income shall not exceed maximum income as stated on chart.

 

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WAP Clients, Mr & Mrs Salas, receiving new refrigerator made possible by WAP services.

 

Reports

Up-to-date reports relating to the Guam Energy Office’s mandates or projects are available for download by clicking below.

GovGuam Line Agencies Energy Audit

 

The Guam Energy Office, through its contractor Taniguchi, Ruth, Makio Architects (TRMA), has completed the Government of Guam Line Agencies (GLA) Energy Audit Report for Phase I & II under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 State Energy Program.

 

The energy audits were completed for 15 agencies, consisting of 51 buildings, of which 49 were or will be retrofitted for energy conservation measures that will include lighting system, roof coating, HVAC improvements, plumbing and appliance systems.

 

Copies of the energy audit reports are available for download

 

  1. Various GovGuam Line Agencies
    • Department of Administration (DOA) – Data Processing
    • Department of Agriculture (DOAg)
    • Department of Corrections (DOC)
    • Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse (DMHSA)
    • Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR)
    • Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS)
    • Department of Public Works (DPW)
    • Department of Youth Affairs (DYA)
    • Guam Energy Office (GEO)
    • Guam Fire Department (GFD)
    • Guam Police Department (GPD)
    • Guam Public Library System (GPLS)
  2. Ricardo J. Bordallo Governor’s Complex – Adelup
  3. Department of Education
  4. Department of Chamorro Affairs

 

Disclaimer: For purposes of determining savings, the energy audit report assumes air conditioning units and lighting are operating on a regular cycle during the day. If the air conditioning or lighting is not operating, the power bills will be lower than the “benchmark” assumed by the report. For example, prior to the retrofit, Guam Energy Office many times managed their usage and kept their lights off during the day – but the energy audit report assumes they would be on. The report benchmarks what it would be if the lights were operating and compares the savings by replacing with more efficient lighting, occupancy switches, and zoning.

 

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Events

Current events as well as background information on past events sponsored by the Guam Energy office are provided.

State Energy Program grant                                                                        September 2017

U.S. Department of Energy has awarded federal dollars to the Guam Energy Office to continue implementing the State Energy Program formula grant starting October 1, 2017 and ending September 30, 2018.  The total amount of $203,880 is new funding to be used with carry-over money received in FY 2017.  Funds are allocated for operational costs to implement energy activities.

A Report To Our Citizens                                                                                     August 2017

The Guam Energy Office posted the Fiscal Year 2016 Citizens Centric Report with Office of the Public Auditor as per Public Law 30-127 providing information on government operations and how taxpayers dollars are spent.  The Citizens Centric Report briefly addressed program performance and financial snapshot of the Guam Energy Office as well as challenges encountered and future outlooks for the following year.

Guam WAP State Plan Hearing                                                                        July 2017

The Guam Energy Office is holding a public hearing on July 3, 2017 for the public to comment on the Weatherization Assistance Program State Plan for Program Year 2016 in regards to federal grant funding to be awarded for WAP implementation from October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018.  Copy of draft State Plan is available at the Guam Energy Office during working hours from June 19, 2017 to July 3, 2017.

GPA to provide 40 megawatts with the assistance of Navy                            May 2017

The Guam Power Authority and Department of Navy signed an agreement on May 16, 2017 for a total of 164 acres of land of Navy-owned sites to be leased to generate 40 megawatts of solar for the island.  GPA would then contract with private partners for PV farms on the designated properties as part of GPA’s utility scale renewable project to further diversify the island’s energy resources.

 

President’s Executive Order for America’s Offshore Energy Strategy        April 2017

United States President Donald Trump has issued a policy to implement an Offshore Energy Strategy to encourage energy exploration and production in order to maintain the Nation’s position as a global energy leader and foster energy security and resilience for the benefit of the American people.  For more information, visit the White House at https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/04/28/presidential-executive-order-implementing-america-first-offshore-energy.

Tour to Dandan Solar Farm and Cotal Wind Turbine                                         April 2017

The Guam Energy Office held another Energy Outreach Session on April 28, 2017 with the tour to GPA Renewable Projects down south as the main highlight. The Guam Energy Office provided buses to transport representatives from Government of Guam agencies, non-profit organizations, and outer-island governments to walk within the premises of the Solar Farm of GPA partnering with LNG to produce 25 megawatts online.

 

Energy Outreach Session                                                                                      April 2017

The Guam Energy Office held an Energy Outreach Session on April 17, 2017 at the Westin Hotel for Government of Guam agencies and non-profit organizations to be familiarized with the energy programs locally available.  The Guam Energy Office provided power point presentation regarding the Weatherization Assistance Program for low-income households.  The Guam Power Authority provided power point presentations on GPA’s My Energy Portal and the Energy Sense Rebates for air-conditioning units, washers and dryers.

PV Inspectors Training                                                                                             April 2017

The Guam Energy Office sponsored Photovoltaic Inspector Training conducted by Solar Energy International instructors on April 13, 2017.  The Inspector Training was design for GovGuam Officials to heighten their understanding and awareness of solar systems including electrical requirements for proper installation.

PV 351 Tools and Techniques of Operations and Maintenance                April 2017

The Guam Energy Office sponsored solar systems training conducted by Solar Energy International instructors from Colorado for electricians and PV installers.  This training consisted of a mixture of classroom presentations and hands-on testing on live systems.  Pre-requisite courses were required prior of taking PV 351.

Presidential Executive Order to Promote Energy Independence            March 2017

President Trump sets new policy to review existing regulations that burden the development or use of domestically produced energy resources.  For more information, visit the White House at https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/03/28/presidential-executive-order-promoting-energy-independence-and-economi-1.

President Trump provides a new Energy Plan                                               January 2017

After being sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, President Donald Trump provides America’s First Energy Plan that will free America from depending on foreign oil by maximizing the use of American resources.  For more information, visit the White House at https://www.whitehouse.gov/america-first-energy.

Winners of the Poster and Essay Contest                                                  November 2016

The Guam Energy Office held an Awards Ceremony to recognize the winners of the Energy Poster and Essay Contest on November 22nd at the Pacific Star Hotel ballroom.  Out of the 401 Poster and Essay entries from 21 participating schools, Congratulations to the following:

Poster – Elementary School Category

First Place                                  Liam Padua                               Saint Anthony Catholic School

Second Place                            Angelina Blaz                            Bishop Baumgartner Memorial School

Third Place                                 Angelique Garcia                     Machananao Elementary School

 

Poster – Middle School Category

First Place                                  Angelica Poffenberger          Bishop Baumgartner Memorial School

Second Place                            Jasmine Pangelinan               Saint Anthony Catholic School

Third Place                                 Trinity Apatang                        Santa Barbara Catholic School

 

 

Essay – High School Category

First Place                                  Pilar Martin                              Academy of Our Lady of Guam

Second Place                            Arika Wada                               John F. Kennedy High School

Third Place                                 Donita Rose Nucum                St. Paul Christian School

Small Businesses Access National Labs                                                        Nov  2016

The Guam Energy Office announced to Guam Chamber of Commerce, other business organizations, and the general public of the Small Business Vouchers (SBV) pilot program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy to access the national laboratories and collaborate with researchers or gain assistance from top engineers to address current problems and anticipated energy challenges.   The SBM amounts vary from $50,000 to $300,000 and for-profit business must be U.S. Based and owned, and must provide 20% matching funds or in-kind services with no more than 500 full-time employees worldwide.  Small businesses incorporated in any of the 50 States, U.S. Territories, Republic of Marshall islands, Republic of Palau, and Federal States of Micronesia were able to receive vouchers.   Interested small businesses were to contact David Kistin of Sandia laboratory dkistan@sandia.gov for more information as to where to submit application.

Energy Poster & Essay Contest                                                                         October 2016

The Guam Energy Office officially announced to all public and private schools of its annual Energy Poster & Essay Contest by disseminating contest rules and entry forms to all schools island-wide.  Since sponsoring the Energy Poster & Essay Contest for several years, the Guam Energy Office has reviewed over 1,200 entries form students expressing their knowledge of energy efficiency and conserving solutions.  The Guam Energy Office kicks off with the local theme “Reduce Our Carbon Footprint – Reduce Fuel Consumption”  for the Energy Poster and Essay Contest summing up President Obama’s Proclamation to all join together to reduce carbon emissions, protect our environment, and leave a more resilient world for generations to come.

Public Notice to Comment                                                                                  August 2016

A public hearing is scheduled for August 18, 2016 at the Guam Energy Office conference room from 10:00am to 11:30am for the purpose of receiving public comments on the proposed 2017 Guam Weatherization State Plan as part of the federal application to the U.S. Department of Energy.  Copies of the draft proposal is available at the office starting August 8 to August 17, 2016 between the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm, Monday through Friday.  The public is welcome to attend and provide comments at the hearing.   For more information, contact the Guam Energy Office at 646-4361.

Guam Tropical Energy Code Homeowners Series                                               July 2016

The Guam Community College has partnered with the Guam Energy Office to host the Guam Tropical Energy Code Homeowners Workshop Series on July 22, 2016 and July 23, 2016 at the Westin Resort from 8am to 4pm.   Workshop series:  Introduction to Photovoltaics, Weatherproofing and Insulation & Energy-Saving Techniques, Government Incentives & Tax Credits for energy efficient homes.

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LEED in Guam and more

 

Government institutions and other private sector buildings have been certified as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) facility by the U.S. Green Building Council.  These newly constructed buildings optimized energy performance from incorporating energy efficiency measures, renewable energy systems, reusing constructional materials, and much more.

 

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Net Metering

 

For existing buildings of within the public and private sectors agencies, institutions as well as residential homes have incorporated Photovoltaic solar systems for net metering to reduce monthly power usage.

 

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GPA Renewables

 

275 KW Wind Turbine Generator online that is 233 feet high and can be lowered to ground prior to storm approaching.

 

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Energy Saving Tips

 

See Energy Basics to reduce your energy usage in homes and buildings.

 

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LINKS TO OTHER RELATED WEBSITES

 

Guam Power Authority

Guam Waterworks Authority

Guam Environmental Protection Agency

University of Guam

Guam Community College

Bureau of Statistics and Plans

Official Portal of the Island of Guam

U.S. Department of Energy

Hawaii Energy State Office

Virgin Islands Energy Office