Nearly four years ago my husband and I bought our house, a ranch home with ‘character’. It turns out that in this case “character” meant wild fluctuations in our electricity consumption and some troublesome heating issues (we’ll get to the heating issues in next month’s newsletter). In the last three and a half years, we’ve made energy improvements, specifically to electricity. Saving energy is quite literally my job so I decided to track the results. So where are we? Do you see that flat line from May ’15 on? This means we’ve lowered and stabilized our electricity use significantly. That’s a [...]
We celebrated the holidays with a fundraiser at the home of Alice Rogoff in December '16. Thank you to our loyal and generous supporters, as well as inspiring host, for closing out 2016 with such a resounding and successful evening. We look forward to advancing the cause of clean energy in Alaska — in the name of our supporters and all they believe in and cherish — in 2017.
We are hiring! We recently received funding to hire a new position to coordinate disparate energy education efforts across Alaska to build a cohesive strategy that advances Alaska’s clean energy economy. This Director for the Alaska Network for Energy Education and Employment (ANEEE) will start in February 2017. The Director will build and coordinate a new statewide network composed of K-12 educators, vocational workforce professionals and University personnel that share an interest in clean energy education and training. The Director will work closely with REAP's Energy Education Director who interacts with K-12 teachers and school administrators statewide. The ANEEE Director will [...]
REAP is watching as President-elect Trump takes steps in a direction that appears to endanger international climate goals and clean energy development. Trump’s selections of Rick Perry as Secretary of Energy, Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, Scott Pruitt as EPA Administrator and Jeff Sessions as Attorney General are all concerning. All four appear to be willing to confuse the public about proven climate science and the harm clean energy industries and climate goals that the majority of Americans embrace. Bloomberg News and the Washington Post recently reported that the Trump Transition Team submitted a 74-point questionnaire asking for the [...]
When President Obama and Xi Jinping ratified the Paris climate agreement earlier this month, some members of Congress may have licked their chops while others questioned Obama’s authorization to ratify. Congressional discontent aside, analysts believe American and Chinese leadership substantially increases international velocity to authorize the global climate accord. Paris only comes into effect when countries that contribute 55% of carbon emissions ratify. Fifty-five percent of the world’s population must also be represented for the accord to proceed. Since China + US emissions equal 38% of global carbon, experts think world’s biggest emitters’ leadership will pressure nations like Canada or [...]