The role of pumped-hydro storage in a 100% renewable world

If the demand for electricity in Juneau were to grow while the region grappled with a handful of low precipitation years, could the existence of a pumped-hydro storage system prevent facilities like Greens Creek, the Federal Building and others from having to burn thousands of gallons of diesel fuel for their energy needs? Add this…

Washington State Officials Study Vessel Electrification in Scandinavia

The good news for operators in the U.S. is that such technologies are advancing quickly, challenges being overcome, and costs are coming down. Vessel electrification has sparked more than a general interest within the U.S. marine industry. A current of energy is flowing as this technology develops and emerges in our fleets. Source: Vessel electrification…

Port of Oakland finds success with Ship Shore Power

Oakland officials recently announced that 75 percent of the 1,543 ships that called at the port in 2018 used “shore power,” meaning they cut their engines and used landside electrical power while docked at the facility. Facility reports rise in ships plugging into landside electric grid to reduce diesel emissions. Source: Port of Oakland finds…

Bill McKibben: Climate Change Is Scary – Not the Green New Deal

Bill McKibben crushing it again! Here he throws it right back to the fear-mongering right, while making a strong argument for electric transportation, mass transit, heat pumps vs oil, retrofitting buildings, and so much more. “It’s very clear that conservatives have one plan for dealing with the popularity of the Green New Deal: scaring the…

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…

$$ 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…