New climate action task force to tackle Sitka’s carbon footprint

Like Juneau’s climate action plans, some of which reach back over 11 years, Sitka’s efforts to grapple with the climate crisis have confronted similar issues. Like Juneau, Sitka developed a plan a decade ago. Some items were completed, many were not. Both featured carbon reduction goals, but a lack of follow-up and analysis leave many…

Thank You Senator Murkowski!

Renewable Juneau’s Kate Troll recognizes the significant climate and energy accomplishment of Alaska’s senior senator in today’s Juneau Empire opinion piece! “I’ve been engaged in the challenge of climate change and energy policy for more than a decade and I’ve seen lots of ups and downs, but never did I expect monumental leadership from a…

Renewable Juneau at UAS Evening at Egan

Renewable Juneau (RJ) board members John Neary and Kate Troll took to the UAS virtual stage last Friday night for the UAS Evening at Egan lecture series. Their intriguing, inspiring, and motivating talk, hosted by UAS Master of Ceremonies (as well as UAS Dean of Arts & Sciences and Vice Provost for Research and Sponsored…

Busy Weeks Ahead!

FUN FACT! The month of October is officially National Energy Awareness Month here in the U.S.A.! Below are the calendar items that you need to add to your already full plate! All of us at Renewable Juneau hope that you have been celebrating Energy Awareness Month – there are so many ways! You can celebrate…

5 Automakers Lock In a Deal on Greenhouse Gas Pollution

Tremendous to see these five auto industry pillars speak truth to power! I don’t know about you, but I find this story very encouraging. Granted, all these players need to transition as quickly as possible away from the internal combustion engine and towards electrification of their fleets. But, this seems to be a sign that…

Got 5 Minutes for the Alaska Electric Vehicle Association?

Lack of fast chargers is a barrier to EV adoption in Alaska and a component of electrical rates called demand charges are a contributing factor. To address this barrier, the Alaska Electric Vehicle Association (AKEVA) is petitioning the Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA) to take regulatory action to address effect of demand charges on EV…

How to drive fossil fuels out of the US economy, quickly

The US has everything it needs to decarbonize by 2035. This is a must read article, an uplifting and inspiring synopsis of the tremendous work of Saul Griffith, physicist, engineer, researcher, inventor, serial entrepreneur, and MacArthur “genius” grant winner. Griffith is the founder and chief scientist at Otherlab, an independent research and design lab that…

RJ’s Thoughts on the CBJ Bond Proposal

The CBJ Assembly will be discussing a $15 million bond package (to be up for public vote this fall) tomorrow at a special Monday eve meeting.  While Renewable Juneau fully supports economic stimulus to help grease the wheels of a greatly altered 2020 local economy, we believe that it can be even more valuable if…

Mayor Weldon Signs Proclamation

Today, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Juneau Mayor Beth Weldon made a proclamation in recognition of a triptych of earth-friendly 50-year local and statewide events. From the proclamation: Now, therefore, I, Beth A. Weldon, the Mayor of the City and Borough of Juneau, do hereby proclaim a Juneau commemoration on Earth Day, April 22,…