Assembly Votes to Move Forward with Dock Electrification
Wednesday night, Juneau’s city assembly voted to direct $300,000 of marine passenger fee money, instead of a proposed $250,000, to go toward “Large Berth Shore Power Preliminary Design & Cost Estimate” rather than a feasibility study.
Renewable Juneau will have additional analysis of this positive development soon. But now, we need to send a huge thank you to the more than 900 locals who signed our petition calling for exactly what this money targets, final design and cost estimate. This progress would not have been possible without these people showing their support for clean air and a healthy waterfront. Also vital was the firm push from many or our elected city leaders, who listened to the public and voted accordingly. A huge thank you to Michelle Hale, Carol Triem, Wade Bryson, Alicia Hughes-Skandijs, Mary Becker and Loren Jones.
Hale and Triem led the charge to strengthen the CBJ’s commitment to plugging in more cruise ships. Bryson and Hughes-Skandijs followed with strong statements of support and by the end of the discussion, every vote was cast in support for dock electrification.
The most important part of the funding decision is that the Assembly has made it clear that they’ve moved beyond the question of whether the CBJ should pursue dock electrification, AND on to determining the best way to make it happen.
We’re after 1000 signatures on the petition! If you know someone who needs to sign, send ’em here!