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,…

COMMENTS NEEDED…

…for the latest round of updates regarding the future of the Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area. Comments on proposed updates to bus parking, possible boats on the lake (diesel?), and whether or not renewable energy and climate issues will be addressed in the plans are due by March 19. Yes, this process has been ongoing for…

ALERT: Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Facility Public Session

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 5 – 7 pm Yup, that’s right. Tomorrow. Not next week, not much time to plan, just time enough to drop what you may already have planned and show up! Not much notice on this one folks, but after nearly a year of silence, tomorrow eve is possibly the last chance we’ll…