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[FR Doc. 2014–13552 Filed 6–11–14; 8:45 am] Department of the Air Force Notice of Intent Cancellation of Environmental Impact Statement on the Proposal To Relocate the 18th Aggressor Squadron From Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska United States Air Force, Pacific Air Forces, DOD. ACTION: Notice of Cancellation of Environmental Impact Statement. AGENCY: The Air Force is issuing this notice to advise the public that per direction of the Secretary of the Air Force, the Air Force is cancelling the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act on its proposal to relocate the 18th Aggressor Squadron from Eielson AFB, Alaska to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER), Alaska, and for the Air Force to adjust the size of the remaining base operating support functions at Eielson. Cancellation notifications will also be made in Eielson AFB and JBER regions of influence. DATES: This cancellation of the Environmental Impact Statement is effective upon publication of this notice in the Federal Register. Previous Federal Register notices regarding this action included: • Notice of Intent to prepare an EIS, January 18, 2013 (78 FR 4134) • Notice of Availability of a draft EIS, May 31, 2013 (78 FR 32645) SUMMARY: rmajette on DSK7SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES [FR Doc. 2014–13721 Filed 6–11–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–10–P DENALI COMMISSION Denali Commission Fiscal Year 2014 Draft Work Plan Denali Commission. Notice. AGENCY: The Denali Commission (Commission) is an independent federal agency based on an innovative federalstate partnership designed to provide critical utilities, infrastructure and support for economic development and training in Alaska by delivering federal services in the most cost-effective manner possible. The Commission was created in 1998 with passage of the October 21, 1998 Denali Commission Act (Act) (Title III of Public Law 105– 277, 42 U.S.C. 3121). The Act requires that the Commission develop proposed work plans for future spending and that the annual Work Plan be published in the Federal Register, providing an opportunity for a 30-day period of public review and written comment. This Federal Register notice serves to announce the 30-day opportunity for public comment on the Denali Commission Draft Work Plan for Federal Fiscal Year 2014 (FY 2014). DATES: Comments and related material to be received by July 14, 2014. ADDRESSES: Submit comments to the Denali Commission, Attention: Sabrina Hoppas, 510 L Street, Suite 410, Anchorage, AK 99501. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Sabrina Hoppas, Denali Commission, 510 L Street, Suite 410, Anchorage, AK 99501. Telephone: (907) 271–1414. Email: shoppas@denali.gov. SUMMARY: DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE 21:18 Jun 11, 2014 Henry Williams, Acting Air Force Federal Register Liaison Officer. ACTION: BILLING CODE 4810–AM–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 • Notice of Extension of the public comment period August 7, 2013 (78 FR 48151) For further information, contact: Ms. Toni Ristau, AFCEC/CZN, 2261 Hughes Ave., Ste. 155, Lackland AFB, TX 78236–9853, Telephone: (210) 925– 2738. Jkt 232001 Background The Denali Commission (Commission) is an independent federal agency based on an innovative federalstate partnership designed to provide critical utilities, infrastructure and support for economic development and training in Alaska by delivering federal services in the most cost-effective PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 33735 manner possible. The Commission was created in 1998 with passage of the October 21, 1998, Denali Commission Act (Act) (Title III of Public Law 105– 277, 42 U.S.C. 3121). The Commission’s mission is to partner with tribal, federal, state, and local governments and collaborate with all Alaskans to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of government services, to develop a welltrained labor force employed in a diversified and sustainable economy, and to build and ensure the operation and maintenance of Alaska’s basic infrastructure. By creating the Commission, Congress mandated that all parties involved partner together to find new and innovative solutions to the unique infrastructure and economic development challenges in America’s most remote communities. Pursuant to the Act, the Commission determines its own basic operating principles and funding criteria on an annual federal fiscal year (October 1 to September 30) basis. The Commission outlines these priorities and funding recommendations in an annual Work Plan. The Work Plan is adopted on an annual basis in the following manner, which occurs sequentially as listed: • Project proposals are solicited from local government and other entities. • Commissioners forward a draft version of the Work Plan to the Federal Co-Chair. • The Federal Co-Chair approves the draft Work Plan for publication in the Federal Register providing an opportunity for a 30-day period of public review and written comment. During this time, the draft Work Plan is also disseminated widely to Commission program partners including, but not limited to, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), the Economic Development Administration (EDA), and the United States Department of Agriculture—Rural Development (USDA–RD). • Public comment concludes and Commission staff provides the Federal Co-Chair with a summary of public comment and recommendations, if any, associated with the draft Work Plan. • If no revisions are made to the draft, the Federal Co-Chair provides notice of approval of the Work Plan to the Commissioners, and forwards the Work Plan to the Secretary of Commerce for approval; or, if there are revisions the Federal Co-Chair provides notice of modifications to the Commissioners for their consideration and approval, and upon receipt of approval from Commissioners, forwards the Work Plan E:\FR\FM\12JNN1.SGM 12JNN1 33736 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 113 / Thursday, June 12, 2014 / Notices to the Secretary of Commerce for approval. • The Secretary of Commerce approves the Work Plan. • The Federal Co-Chair then approves grants and contracts based upon the approved Work Plan. available figures may not be provided until later in FY 2014. • All Energy and Water Appropriation funds, including operating funds, designated as ‘‘up to’’ may be reassigned to other programs, if they are not fully expended in a program component area or a specific FY 2014 Appropriations Summary project. The Commission has historically • Total FY 2014 Budgetary Resources received federal funding from several provided: sources. These fund sources are These are the figures that appear in governed by the following general the rows entitled ‘‘FY 2014 principles: Appropriation’’ and are the original • In FY 2014 no project specific appropriations amounts which do not direction was provided by Congress. include Commission operating funds. • The Energy and Water These funds are identified by their Appropriation (i.e. discretionary source name (i.e., Energy and Water funding) is eligible for use in all Appropriation, TAPL, etc.). The grand programs. total for all appropriations appears at • Certain appropriations are restricted the end of the FY 2014 Funding Table. in their usage. Where restrictions apply, • Total FY 2014 Program Available the funds may be used only for specific Funding: These are the figures that appear in program purposes. the rows entitled ‘‘FY 2014 • Final appropriation funds received Appropriations—Program Available’’ may be reduced due to Congressional and are the amounts of funding action, rescissions by the Office of available for program(s) activities after Management and Budget, and other Commission operating funds have been federal agency action. Final program deducted. The FY 2014 appropriations bill contains language that the Commission may utilize more than five percent for operating costs, Notwithstanding the limitations contained in section 306(g) of the Denali Commission Act of 1998. However only, five percent of Trans Alaska Pipeline Liability (TAPL) Trust Funds are used for agency operating purposes. The grand total for all program available funds appears at the end of the FY 2014 Funding Table. • Program Funding: These are the figures that appear in the rows entitled with the specific Program and Sub-Program area, and are the amounts of funding the Draft FY 2014 Work Plan recommends, within each program fund source for program components. • Subtotal of Program Funding: These are the figures that appear in rows entitled ‘‘subtotal’’ and are the subtotals of all program funding within a given fund source. The subtotal must always equal the Total FY 2014 Program Available Funding. Denali Commission FY 2014 funding table Totals FY 2014 Energy & Water Appropriation ................................................................................................................ FY 2014 Energy & Water Appropriation—Operating Funds ................................................................................. FY 2014 Energy & Water Appropriation—Program Available .............................................................................. Energy: • Bulk Fuel Tank Replacements (to be funded in full with TAPL funding) ................................................... • Rural Power System Upgrades* ................................................................................................................. Total Energy Projects ............................................................................................................................................ Initiatives, Programs, Projects: • Sanitation Energy Efficiency ....................................................................................................................... • START Program Energy Efficiency Upgrades ........................................................................................... • Additional Community Scale Energy Efficiency .......................................................................................... Community Energy Efficiency Total ...................................................................................................................... • Pre-Development Program ......................................................................................................................... Total Initiative, Programs, Projects ........................................................................................................................ Sub-total, FY 2014 Energy & Water—Program Available .................................................................................... FY 2014 TAPL Trust .............................................................................................................................................. FY 2014 TAPL—Program Available (less 5% operating funds) ........................................................................... Bulk Fuel Planning, Design & Construction .......................................................................................................... Sub-total ......................................................................................................................................................... Total FY 2014 Program Available ........................................................................................................... $10,000,000. $3,000,000. $7,000,000. $0. $2,448,000. $2,448,000. Up to $2,148,000. Up to $1,250,000. Up to $854,000. Up to $4,252,000. Up to $300,000. Up to $4,552,000. Not to exceed $7,000,000. $4,000,000. $3,800,000. $3,800,000. $3,800,000. $10,800,000. * Funding for the four initiatives, programs and projects are listed as an upper amount and it is possible that several of these initiatives may require less funds than listed in the table. Under these circumstances, the remaining Energy and Water appropriations will be used for Rural Power System Upgrades. rmajette on DSK7SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES FY 2014 Program Details & General Information The following section provides narrative discussion for each of the Commission Programs identified for funding in the FY 2014 funding table above. VerDate Mar<15>2010 21:18 Jun 11, 2014 Jkt 232001 Energy Program Basic Rural Energy Infrastructure The Energy Program is the Commission’s original program and focuses on bulk fuel facilities and rural power system upgrades/power generation (RPSU) across rural Alaska. About 94% of electricity in rural communities is produced by diesel generators and about half of the fuel storage in most villages is used for these PO 00000 Frm 00024 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 power plants. The majority of the Commission’s work in the energy program is carried out by two of our long-standing partners: Alaska Energy Authority (AEA), an agency of the State of Alaska, and the Alaska Village Electric Cooperative (AVEC), a nonprofit member Organization serving 56 communities. Since inception of the agency, the Commission has partnered with AEA on rural energy investments, and shortly E:\FR\FM\12JNN1.SGM 12JNN1 33737 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 113 / Thursday, June 12, 2014 / Notices thereafter, AVEC also became a program partner to address deficiencies in fuel storage and generation in the cooperative’s communities. In recent years, a single combined list of energy projects has been compiled for both bulk fuel and RPSU programs. AEA maintains documents on their Web site that identify the universe of need for each of the programs and provides project status updates (see following links). http:// www.akenergyauthority.org/ PDF%20files/BFUStatusList_ Sept2013.pdf http:// www.akenergyauthority.org/ PDF%20files/ RPSUStatusListSept2013.pdf In addition, the Commission has been exploring opportunities to identify and reduce the consumption of energy in rural communities. Energy efficiency measures can be demonstrated to reduce the use of fossil fuels as well as reducing costs to residents and users, which can contribute to enhanced community services. The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) has been a long-standing program partner on rural clinics and sanitation systems. ANTHC has developed a rural energy initiative to address the high cost of energy associated with clinics and sanitation systems. Previously, the Commission has invested in some clinic energy efficiency improvements with ANTHC. In addition, the Commission for the past two years has collaborated with the US Department of Energy— Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs on a Strategic Technical Assistance and Response Team (START) program. The START program is a community-driven model to identify local solutions for the local challenges with the high cost of energy. FY 2014 Project Selection Process Bulk Fuel and RPSU Projects The legacy projects prioritized for FY 2014 funding are listed below within the two energy program themes: bulk fuel and RPSU. The selected projects in the table below exceed FY 2014 funding levels (both TAPL and Energy and Water Appropriation), with the understanding that projects may proceed out of order due to factors such as the extended period of time between project selections, draft Work Plan development, and grant execution; match funding availability; and due diligence requirements. Total project cost Bulk fuel projects Pilot Station AVEC Tanks .................................................................... Pilot Station Community Tanks ........................................................... Chalkyitsik ............................................................................................ Togiak AVEC Tanks ............................................................................ Togiak Community Tanks .................................................................... Beaver .................................................................................................. Shungnak ............................................................................................. Venetie ................................................................................................. RPSU projects ** $4,621,000 4,456,000 2,600,000 4,656,000 6,045,000 2,300,000 1,100,000 2,100,000 Total project cost Pilot Station Relocation ........................................................................ Perryville .............................................................................................. Togiak .................................................................................................. Koliganek ............................................................................................. 1,556,000 3,200,000 7,409,000 2,900,000 Beginning in FY 2012, Energy and Water Appropriations were subject to a statutory cost share requirement for construction activities of 20% for distressed communities and 50% for non-distressed communities. That cost share match requirement has since been applied to all energy program funding sources. All projects prioritized for FY 2014 funding, with the exception of Shungnak bulk fuel upgrade, are in distressed communities and will include at least a 20% project cost share match. In FY 2014, the Commission, AEA, and AVEC will investigate opportunities with existing bulk fuel storage facilities to refurbish the infrastructure resulting in code compliance and significant extension of the life of the facilities at a reduced cost versus complete replacement. The Commission provided funding to AEA to update the statewide bulk fuel inventory assessment, which will help inform all parties of the potential for refurbishment of facilities. The updated assessment is scheduled to be completed by the end of FY 2015. The refurbishment approach was considered for the AVEC projects listed in the bulk fuel project table. Cost share $924,200 891,200 520,000 931,200 1,209,000 460,000 550,000 420,000 Cost share 311,200 640,000 1,481,800 580,000 Program partner DC funding $3,696,800 3,564,800 2,080,000 3,724,800 4,836,000 1,840,000 550,000 1,680,000 AVEC. AVEC. AEA. AVEC. AVEC. AEA. AVEC. AEA. DC funding 1,244,800 2,560,000 5,927,000 2,320,000 Program partner AVEC. AEA. AVEC. AEA. ** The Commission expects to receive prior year USDA Rural Utilities Service funds in FY 2014 which will be used to address a portion of the Perryville RPSU project. The balance of funding necessary to complete the Perryville project will be provided from FY 2014 Energy and Water appropriations and some prior year funds from energy projects that were completed under budget and therefore have a surplus of funds. Project management Total project cost Cost share DC funding AEA/AVEC/ANTHC Project Management ........................................... $10,800,000 N/A $932,688 *** Program partner AEA/AVEC/ANTHC. rmajette on DSK7SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES *** Project management costs have been estimated pending final project selection. Initiatives, Programs, Projects Community Energy Efficiency In FY 2014, the Commission will collaborate with federal, state, and local agencies to coordinate and provide funding for community energy efficiency projects. Projects for the FY VerDate Mar<15>2010 21:18 Jun 11, 2014 Jkt 232001 2014 year will include completion of energy efficiency improvements previously determined by energy audits in 39 communities, energy audits for an additional 39 communities with circulating water systems, as well as, funding for energy efficiency improvements in START round one PO 00000 Frm 00025 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 which includes five communities. Specific types of energy efficiency activities that will be carried out in funded communities will include, but are not limited to, replacement of old inefficient circulating pumps, lighting changes, installation of occupancy sensors for lights, weather sealing work E:\FR\FM\12JNN1.SGM 12JNN1 33738 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 113 / Thursday, June 12, 2014 / Notices for doors and windows, insulation work, control upgrades for thermostats and heating and ventilation systems, and education of building operators to decrease building interior set points. Pre-Development Program Investment The Pre-Development program has been a historic investment of the Commission since 2007, when the Commission partnered with the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, the Rasmuson Foundation, and the Foraker Group to ‘‘stand up’’ the program. The Pre- Development program provides technical assistance to prospective Commission grantees on capital development projects. In 2010 the MatSu Health Foundation joined as a partner to the Pre-Development program. Further information about the program can be obtained at the following link: http:// www.forakergroup.org/index.cfm/ Shared-Services/Pre-Development. Discussion on Future Commission Investments The agency is exploring what is our role in a time of decreasing Federal and State of Alaska budgets and therefore limited funds for pressing rural Alaska needs. It is the intent of the Commissioners to carry out a public dialogue on what are the core areas of need and how best can Commission investments address these needs while complementing the work of many other State and Federal agencies operating in rural Alaska. We welcome comments about this question, but more importantly, we are alerting the public and our current program partners that we will be raising this question in the future. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.132A. DATES: Applications Available: June 12, 2014. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: July 14, 2014. Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: September 10, 2014. Full Text of Announcement I. Funding Opportunity Description Purpose of Program: The Centers for Independent Living program provides support for planning, conducting, administering, and evaluating centers for independent living (centers) that comply with the standards and assurances in section 725 of part C of title VII of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (Act), consistent with the design included in the State plan for establishing a statewide network of centers. Program Authority: 29 U.S.C. 796f–1. Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 80, 81, 82, 84, and 97. (b) The Education Department debarment and suspension regulations in 2 CFR part 3485. (c) The regulations for this program in 34 CFR parts 364 and 366. Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 79 apply to all applicants except federally recognized Indian tribes. II. Award Information Type of Award: Discretionary grant. Estimated Available Funds: $219,669. Estimated Number of Awards: 1. [FR Doc. 2014–13710 Filed 6–11–14; 8:45 am] Estimated available funds Estimated number of awards Kentucky ........... Joel Neimeyer, Federal Co-Chair. States and outlying areas $219,669 1 Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this notice. BILLING CODE 3300–01–P Project Period: Up to 60 months. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION III. Eligibility Information Applications for New Awards; Rehabilitation Services Administration—Centers for Independent Living 1. Eligible Applicants: To be eligible for funding, an applicant must— (a) Be a consumer-controlled, community-based, cross-disability, nonresidential, private nonprofit agency; (b) Have the power and authority to— (1) Carry out the purpose of part C of title VII of the Act and perform the functions listed in section 725(b) and (c) of the Act and subparts F and G of 34 CFR part 366 within a community located within a State or in a bordering State; and (2) Receive and administer— Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Department of Education. ACTION: Notice. rmajette on DSK7SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: Overview Information: Rehabilitation Services Administration—Centers for Independent Living Notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2014. VerDate Mar<15>2010 21:18 Jun 11, 2014 Jkt 232001 PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (i) Funds under 34 CFR part 366; (ii) Funds and contributions from private or public sources that may be used in support of a center; and (iii) Funds from other public and private programs; (c) Be able to plan, conduct, administer, and evaluate a center consistent with the standards and assurances in section 725(b) and (c) of the Act and subparts F and G of 34 CFR part 366; (d) Either— (1) Not currently be receiving funds under part C of chapter 1 of title VII of the Act; or (2) Propose the expansion of an existing center through the establishment of a separate and complete center (except that the governing board of the existing center may serve as the governing board of the new center) at a different geographical location; (e) Propose to serve one or more of the geographic areas that are identified as unserved or underserved by the States and Outlying Areas listed under Estimated Number of Awards; and (f) Submit appropriate documentation demonstrating that the establishment of a new center is consistent with the design for establishing a statewide network of centers in the State plan of the State or Outlying Area whose geographic area or areas the applicant proposes to serve. 2. Cost Sharing or Matching: This competition does not require cost sharing or matching. IV. Application and Submission Information 1. Address to Request Application Package: ED Pubs, U.S. Department of Education, P.O. Box 22207, Alexandria, VA 22304. Telephone, toll free: 1–877– 433–7827. FAX: (703) 605–6794. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text telephone (TTY), call, toll free: 1–877–576–7734. You can contact ED Pubs at its Web site, also: www.EDPubs.gov or at its email address: edpubs@inet.ed.gov. If you request an application package from ED Pubs, be sure to identify this competition as follows: CFDA number 84.132A. Individuals with disabilities can obtain a copy of the application package in an accessible format (e.g., braille, large print, audiotape, or compact disc) by contacting the team listed under Accessible Format in section VIII of this notice. 2. Content and Form of Application Submission: Requirements concerning the content of an application, together with the forms you must submit, are in E:\FR\FM\12JNN1.SGM 12JNN1

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DENALI COMMISSION


Denali Commission Fiscal Year 2014 Draft Work Plan

AGENCY: Denali Commission.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Denali Commission (Commission) is an independent federal 
agency based on an innovative federal-state partnership designed to 
provide critical utilities, infrastructure and support for economic 
development and training in Alaska by delivering federal services in 
the most cost-effective manner possible. The Commission was created in 
1998 with passage of the October 21, 1998 Denali Commission Act (Act) 
(Title III of Public Law 105-277, 42 U.S.C. 3121). The Act requires 
that the Commission develop proposed work plans for future spending and 
that the annual Work Plan be published in the Federal Register, 
providing an opportunity for a 30-day period of public review and 
written comment. This Federal Register notice serves to announce the 
30-day opportunity for public comment on the Denali Commission Draft 
Work Plan for Federal Fiscal Year 2014 (FY 2014).

DATES: Comments and related material to be received by July 14, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments to the Denali Commission, Attention: Sabrina 
Hoppas, 510 L Street, Suite 410, Anchorage, AK 99501.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Sabrina Hoppas, Denali Commission, 
510 L Street, Suite 410, Anchorage, AK 99501. Telephone: (907) 271-
1414. Email: shoppas@denali.gov.

Background

    The Denali Commission (Commission) is an independent federal agency 
based on an innovative federal-state partnership designed to provide 
critical utilities, infrastructure and support for economic development 
and training in Alaska by delivering federal services in the most cost-
effective manner possible. The Commission was created in 1998 with 
passage of the October 21, 1998, Denali Commission Act (Act) (Title III 
of Public Law 105-277, 42 U.S.C. 3121).
    The Commission's mission is to partner with tribal, federal, state, 
and local governments and collaborate with all Alaskans to improve the 
effectiveness and efficiency of government services, to develop a well-
trained labor force employed in a diversified and sustainable economy, 
and to build and ensure the operation and maintenance of Alaska's basic 
infrastructure.
    By creating the Commission, Congress mandated that all parties 
involved partner together to find new and innovative solutions to the 
unique infrastructure and economic development challenges in America's 
most remote communities.
    Pursuant to the Act, the Commission determines its own basic 
operating principles and funding criteria on an annual federal fiscal 
year (October 1 to September 30) basis. The Commission outlines these 
priorities and funding recommendations in an annual Work Plan. The Work 
Plan is adopted on an annual basis in the following manner, which 
occurs sequentially as listed:
     Project proposals are solicited from local government and 
other entities.
     Commissioners forward a draft version of the Work Plan to 
the Federal Co-Chair.
     The Federal Co-Chair approves the draft Work Plan for 
publication in the Federal Register providing an opportunity for a 30-
day period of public review and written comment. During this time, the 
draft Work Plan is also disseminated widely to Commission program 
partners including, but not limited to, the Bureau of Indian Affairs 
(BIA), the Economic Development Administration (EDA), and the United 
States Department of Agriculture--Rural Development (USDA-RD).
     Public comment concludes and Commission staff provides the 
Federal Co-Chair with a summary of public comment and recommendations, 
if any, associated with the draft Work Plan.
     If no revisions are made to the draft, the Federal Co-
Chair provides notice of approval of the Work Plan to the 
Commissioners, and forwards the Work Plan to the Secretary of Commerce 
for approval; or, if there are revisions the Federal Co-Chair provides 
notice of modifications to the Commissioners for their consideration 
and approval, and upon receipt of approval from Commissioners, forwards 
the Work Plan

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to the Secretary of Commerce for approval.
     The Secretary of Commerce approves the Work Plan.
     The Federal Co-Chair then approves grants and contracts 
based upon the approved Work Plan.

FY 2014 Appropriations Summary

    The Commission has historically received federal funding from 
several sources. These fund sources are governed by the following 
general principles:
     In FY 2014 no project specific direction was provided by 
Congress.
     The Energy and Water Appropriation (i.e. discretionary 
funding) is eligible for use in all programs.
     Certain appropriations are restricted in their usage. 
Where restrictions apply, the funds may be used only for specific 
program purposes.
     Final appropriation funds received may be reduced due to 
Congressional action, rescissions by the Office of Management and 
Budget, and other federal agency action. Final program available 
figures may not be provided until later in FY 2014.
     All Energy and Water Appropriation funds, including 
operating funds, designated as ``up to'' may be reassigned to other 
programs, if they are not fully expended in a program component area or 
a specific project.
     Total FY 2014 Budgetary Resources provided:
    These are the figures that appear in the rows entitled ``FY 2014 
Appropriation'' and are the original appropriations amounts which do 
not include Commission operating funds. These funds are identified by 
their source name (i.e., Energy and Water Appropriation, TAPL, etc.). 
The grand total for all appropriations appears at the end of the FY 
2014 Funding Table.
     Total FY 2014 Program Available Funding:
    These are the figures that appear in the rows entitled ``FY 2014 
Appropriations--Program Available'' and are the amounts of funding 
available for program(s) activities after Commission operating funds 
have been deducted. The FY 2014 appropriations bill contains language 
that the Commission may utilize more than five percent for operating 
costs, Notwithstanding the limitations contained in section 306(g) of 
the Denali Commission Act of 1998.
    However only, five percent of Trans Alaska Pipeline Liability 
(TAPL) Trust Funds are used for agency operating purposes. The grand 
total for all program available funds appears at the end of the FY 2014 
Funding Table.
     Program Funding:
    These are the figures that appear in the rows entitled with the 
specific Program and Sub-Program area, and are the amounts of funding 
the Draft FY 2014 Work Plan recommends, within each program fund source 
for program components.
     Subtotal of Program Funding:
    These are the figures that appear in rows entitled ``subtotal'' and 
are the subtotals of all program funding within a given fund source. 
The subtotal must always equal the Total FY 2014 Program Available 
Funding.

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   Denali Commission FY 2014
         funding table                           Totals
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FY 2014 Energy & Water          $10,000,000.
 Appropriation.
FY 2014 Energy & Water          $3,000,000.
 Appropriation--Operating
 Funds.
FY 2014 Energy & Water          $7,000,000.
 Appropriation--Program
 Available.
Energy:
     Bulk Fuel Tank     $0.
     Replacements (to be
     funded in full with TAPL
     funding).
     Rural Power        $2,448,000.
     System Upgrades*.
Total Energy Projects.........  $2,448,000.
Initiatives, Programs,
 Projects:
     Sanitation Energy  Up to $2,148,000.
     Efficiency.
     START Program      Up to $1,250,000.
     Energy Efficiency
     Upgrades.
     Additional         Up to $854,000.
     Community Scale Energy
     Efficiency.
Community Energy Efficiency     Up to $4,252,000.
 Total.
     Pre-Development    Up to $300,000.
     Program.
Total Initiative, Programs,     Up to $4,552,000.
 Projects.
Sub-total, FY 2014 Energy &     Not to exceed $7,000,000.
 Water--Program Available.
FY 2014 TAPL Trust............  $4,000,000.
FY 2014 TAPL--Program           $3,800,000.
 Available (less 5% operating
 funds).
Bulk Fuel Planning, Design &    $3,800,000.
 Construction.
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    Sub-total.................  $3,800,000.
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        Total FY 2014 Program   $10,800,000.
         Available.
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* Funding for the four initiatives, programs and projects are listed as
  an upper amount and it is possible that several of these initiatives
  may require less funds than listed in the table. Under these
  circumstances, the remaining Energy and Water appropriations will be
  used for Rural Power System Upgrades.

FY 2014 Program Details & General Information

    The following section provides narrative discussion for each of the 
Commission Programs identified for funding in the FY 2014 funding table 
above.

Energy Program

Basic Rural Energy Infrastructure

    The Energy Program is the Commission's original program and focuses 
on bulk fuel facilities and rural power system upgrades/power 
generation (RPSU) across rural Alaska. About 94% of electricity in 
rural communities is produced by diesel generators and about half of 
the fuel storage in most villages is used for these power plants. The 
majority of the Commission's work in the energy program is carried out 
by two of our long-standing partners: Alaska Energy Authority (AEA), an 
agency of the State of Alaska, and the Alaska Village Electric 
Cooperative (AVEC), a non-profit member Organization serving 56 
communities.
    Since inception of the agency, the Commission has partnered with 
AEA on rural energy investments, and shortly

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thereafter, AVEC also became a program partner to address deficiencies 
in fuel storage and generation in the cooperative's communities. In 
recent years, a single combined list of energy projects has been 
compiled for both bulk fuel and RPSU programs. AEA maintains documents 
on their Web site that identify the universe of need for each of the 
programs and provides project status updates (see following links). 
http://www.akenergyauthority.org/PDF%20files/BFUStatusList_Sept2013.pdf http://www.akenergyauthority.org/PDF%20files/RPSUStatusListSept2013.pdf
    In addition, the Commission has been exploring opportunities to 
identify and reduce the consumption of energy in rural communities. 
Energy efficiency measures can be demonstrated to reduce the use of 
fossil fuels as well as reducing costs to residents and users, which 
can contribute to enhanced community services. The Alaska Native Tribal 
Health Consortium (ANTHC) has been a long-standing program partner on 
rural clinics and sanitation systems. ANTHC has developed a rural 
energy initiative to address the high cost of energy associated with 
clinics and sanitation systems. Previously, the Commission has invested 
in some clinic energy efficiency improvements with ANTHC. In addition, 
the Commission for the past two years has collaborated with the US 
Department of Energy--Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs on a 
Strategic Technical Assistance and Response Team (START) program. The 
START program is a community-driven model to identify local solutions 
for the local challenges with the high cost of energy.

FY 2014 Project Selection Process

Bulk Fuel and RPSU Projects
    The legacy projects prioritized for FY 2014 funding are listed 
below within the two energy program themes: bulk fuel and RPSU. The 
selected projects in the table below exceed FY 2014 funding levels 
(both TAPL and Energy and Water Appropriation), with the understanding 
that projects may proceed out of order due to factors such as the 
extended period of time between project selections, draft Work Plan 
development, and grant execution; match funding availability; and due 
diligence requirements.
    Beginning in FY 2012, Energy and Water Appropriations were subject 
to a statutory cost share requirement for construction activities of 
20% for distressed communities and 50% for non-distressed communities. 
That cost share match requirement has since been applied to all energy 
program funding sources. All projects prioritized for FY 2014 funding, 
with the exception of Shungnak bulk fuel upgrade, are in distressed 
communities and will include at least a 20% project cost share match.
    In FY 2014, the Commission, AEA, and AVEC will investigate 
opportunities with existing bulk fuel storage facilities to refurbish 
the infrastructure resulting in code compliance and significant 
extension of the life of the facilities at a reduced cost versus 
complete replacement. The Commission provided funding to AEA to update 
the statewide bulk fuel inventory assessment, which will help inform 
all parties of the potential for refurbishment of facilities. The 
updated assessment is scheduled to be completed by the end of FY 2015. 
The refurbishment approach was considered for the AVEC projects listed 
in the bulk fuel project table.

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                                   Total project
       Bulk fuel projects              cost         Cost share      DC funding           Program  partner
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Pilot Station AVEC Tanks........      $4,621,000        $924,200      $3,696,800  AVEC.
Pilot Station Community Tanks...       4,456,000         891,200       3,564,800  AVEC.
Chalkyitsik.....................       2,600,000         520,000       2,080,000  AEA.
Togiak AVEC Tanks...............       4,656,000         931,200       3,724,800  AVEC.
Togiak Community Tanks..........       6,045,000       1,209,000       4,836,000  AVEC.
Beaver..........................       2,300,000         460,000       1,840,000  AEA.
Shungnak........................       1,100,000         550,000         550,000  AVEC.
Venetie.........................       2,100,000         420,000       1,680,000  AEA.
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        RPSU projects **           Total project    Cost share      DC funding                Program
                                       cost                                       partner
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Pilot Station Relocation........       1,556,000         311,200       1,244,800  AVEC.
Perryville......................       3,200,000         640,000       2,560,000  AEA.
Togiak..........................       7,409,000       1,481,800       5,927,000  AVEC.
Koliganek.......................       2,900,000         580,000       2,320,000  AEA.
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** The Commission expects to receive prior year USDA Rural Utilities Service funds in FY 2014 which will be used
  to address a portion of the Perryville RPSU project. The balance of funding necessary to complete the
  Perryville project will be provided from FY 2014 Energy and Water appropriations and some prior year funds
  from energy projects that were completed under budget and therefore have a surplus of funds.


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                                  Total project
       Project management              cost          Cost share       DC funding          Program  partner
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AEA/AVEC/ANTHC Project              $10,800,000              N/A     $932,688 ***   AEA/AVEC/ANTHC.
 Management.
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*** Project management costs have been estimated pending final project selection.

Initiatives, Programs, Projects

Community Energy Efficiency

    In FY 2014, the Commission will collaborate with federal, state, 
and local agencies to coordinate and provide funding for community 
energy efficiency projects. Projects for the FY 2014 year will include 
completion of energy efficiency improvements previously determined by 
energy audits in 39 communities, energy audits for an additional 39 
communities with circulating water systems, as well as, funding for 
energy efficiency improvements in START round one which includes five 
communities. Specific types of energy efficiency activities that will 
be carried out in funded communities will include, but are not limited 
to, replacement of old inefficient circulating pumps, lighting changes, 
installation of occupancy sensors for lights, weather sealing work

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for doors and windows, insulation work, control upgrades for 
thermostats and heating and ventilation systems, and education of 
building operators to decrease building interior set points.

Pre-Development Program Investment

    The Pre-Development program has been a historic investment of the 
Commission since 2007, when the Commission partnered with the Alaska 
Mental Health Trust Authority, the Rasmuson Foundation, and the Foraker 
Group to ``stand up'' the program. The Pre- Development program 
provides technical assistance to prospective Commission grantees on 
capital development projects. In 2010 the Mat-Su Health Foundation 
joined as a partner to the Pre-Development program. Further information 
about the program can be obtained at the following link: http://www.forakergroup.org/index.cfm/Shared-Services/Pre-Development.

Discussion on Future Commission Investments

    The agency is exploring what is our role in a time of decreasing 
Federal and State of Alaska budgets and therefore limited funds for 
pressing rural Alaska needs. It is the intent of the Commissioners to 
carry out a public dialogue on what are the core areas of need and how 
best can Commission investments address these needs while complementing 
the work of many other State and Federal agencies operating in rural 
Alaska. We welcome comments about this question, but more importantly, 
we are alerting the public and our current program partners that we 
will be raising this question in the future.

Joel Neimeyer,
Federal Co-Chair.
[FR Doc. 2014-13710 Filed 6-11-14; 8:45 am]
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