Iceland’s first electrified ferry nearly complete!

While Alaska’s governor seeks to shut down the Alaska Marine Highway System in order to pump up PFD checks, other nations continue to pull ahead in the global electrification race. Iceland’s first electrified ferry, a 70-meter vessel equipped with a 3,000 kWh battery pack, will have a capacity of 550 passengers and 75 cars. Source:…

Could Energy Efficiency Be the Key to Bipartisan Climate Change Legislation?

One humble and non-controversial way to reduce carbon pollution has been gathering steam in red and blue states alike: energy efficiency. Policies like those that encourage the retrofitting of low-income homes in Texas with insulation and provide cash incentives for new homes in Vermont that generate as much power as they consume are reducing carbon…

Pumped Hydro Energy Storage Archives – News from Australia

Pumped storage is an essential solution for grid reliability, providing one of the few large-scale, affordable means of storing and deploying electricity. Pumped storage projects store and generate energy by moving water between two reservoirs at different elevations. Essentially, this low tech concept creates a simple land and water based battery. This info from Australia…

Blueprint Downtown – Proactive vs Reactive!

This is a GREAT opportunity for all of us to weigh in on the future of Juneau’s ‘downtown’ and a chance to give input proactively vs reactively! If you haven’t done so yet, set aside about 20 minutes of free time to complete the survey on the Blueprint Downtown website. Share this out with your…

$$ Lessons from Canada – Plugging into Shore Power

In posting the Juneau shore power study two days ago as part of our documentation and background regarding electrification of the Juneau docks for cruise ship emissions reductions, we called into question the study’s $13 million estimated bill…for one berth only. These two articles from Canada show us that it is probable that we can…

Got 5 Minutes? Now?

Renewable Juneau is asking you to contact the city manager and assembly. A CBJ recommendation regarding the use of head tax money will be made to the assembly tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb 6 at 5:30.  Juneau community input is crucial.  Yesterday’s post on the Renewable Juneau blog detailed the rapidly growing awareness of the need to put a…

Juneau’s Marine Idle-Free Zone

Is it Time to Electrify the Cruise Ship Docks? Is it time for Juneau to create it’s largest idle-free zone? Judge Holland’s recent decision appears to force Juneau to only use cruise ship passenger head tax monies for items that are directly connected to the ships. Princess Cruises and AELP teamed up nearly 17 years…