Monday, April 21, 2008

Message from Alaska Electric Light and Power Company

Call for Energy Conservation

After last week's avalanches damaged five transmission towers near the Snettisham Hydroelectric facility, AEL&P immediately began supplying Juneau's energy needs with diesel-generated power. Due to the high cost of oil, we will all see a dramatic increase in energy rates. It is therefore extremely important that we all make a serious and concerted effort to curtail our energy use.
AEL&P's energy checklist

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Energy Efficiency and Financial Assistance

Please check out our energy-efficiency section (see right)on financial assistance programs that are available to help individuals cope with high home-energy costs, make energy-efficient upgrades and to weatherize homes.

Included are funding opportunities for small businesses to undertake independent alternative and renewable energy projects.

Check back as we update this section to include more tips and information.

USDA Offers $221 Million in Clean Energy Loans and Grants

USDA Offers $221 Million in Clean Energy Loans and Grants
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on March 6 that it will accept $220.9 million in loan and grant applications under the agency's Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Program. Loan guarantees and grants are available to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase and install renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements. Since 2001, the USDA has invested $674 million in more than 1,763 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, including renewable fuels such as ethanol and biodiesel and renewable energy sources such as methane gas recovery systems and wind, solar, geothermal, and biomass energy systems.

Eligible applicants may seek loan guarantees to cover up to 50% of a project's cost, not to exceed $10 million. Grants are available for up to 25% of a project's cost, not to exceed $250,000 for energy efficiency improvements and $500,000 for renewable energy systems. Grants will be awarded through two separate competitions, with the deadline for the first being April 15 and the deadline for the second being June 16. Applications for loans or loan and grant combinations are due by June 16.

Monday, April 14, 2008


Join in the Earth Day festivities this Saturday, April 19, from 11am to 3 p.m. at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitors Center.

Events include:

11:00: Opening Ceremonies:Rep. Andrea Doll, District Ranger Pete Griffin, Cy Peck
11:30: ”Plastics In The Ocean” Presented by Turning the Tides
12:00: ”Heartstrings” concert
12:30: ”The Lorax” Tim Miles
1:00: Liz and Leif Saya
1:30: All Nations’ Children dancers
2:00: Daughters of the New Moon

Woodsy Owl”
Recycle Crafts
Scavenger Hunt


Juneau Alaska Youth for the Environment. SAGA. Oceana. Turning the Tides. SEACC.Juneau Audubon. Nat’l Weather Service. Juneau Raptor Center. Friends of Recycling.Alaska Biofuels Alliance. Juneau Watershed Project. Friends of Berners Bay. Carol Biggs.Dick Callahan. Sandy Harbanuk. Trentyn Days. Bill Leighty.USFS Wilderness Rangers. Juneau Commission on Sustainability. AEL&P.Waste Management.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

"What U.S. Energy Policy Should Be" Wednesday April 16, 5:30 PM

Sponsored by the Juneau World Affairs Council, speaker Robert Ebel currently heads the Energy and National Security Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. He has held leadership positions in the CIA, Interior, Energy and directed ENSERCH and the Washington Export Council. He has an almost unsurpassed knowledge of energy and energy policy and can speak on the world oil supplies, oil prices, OPEC, energy security, imports, renewable energy, and world energy supplies.

The event begins at 5:30pm, Wednesday, April 16 at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center (Formerly the Armory).

For more info visit the The Juneau World Affairs Council.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Juneau Commission on Sustainability Retreat April 12

The Commission meets next for a retreat on Saturday, April 12, from 1-4pm at the Glacier Visitor's Center. The retreat is open to the public. Visit our home page on the City and Borough of Juneau website for more information.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

UAS Spring Forum This Friday April 4

The UAS Forum on Sustainability and Juneau Energy is scheduled for this Friday, April 4 from 8 AM to 5 PM in the Egan Lecture Hall on the university campus.

Speakers will present on the following topics:

*Local and global perspectives on sustainability
*Peak oil
*Hydroelectric Power vs. Fossil Fuel Burning
*Prospects for renewable energy in Southeast Alaska
*Impacts of climate change on runoff and hydro-electric potential in Juneau
*Biodiesel Production
*University of Alaska Southeast efforts toward becoming sustainable

For more information visit Sustainability Forum.

And don't forget to take the UAS Energy Survey! Results will be presented at the forum.