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 [...]
The annual Power Pledge Challenge has kicked off! Every year for the past three years, REAP, in conjunction with Chugach Electric, Municipal Light & Power, and Alaska Energy Authority teach energy efficiency and conservation to seventh and eighth grade science classes. The students then take an online survey and pledge to do three things that reduce their energy use at home. Since August 30th the Power Pledge Challenge team as reached over 1,200 students in four schools! The Power Pledge is also being presented in Juneau by Alaska Electric Light and Power and will be starting this week in the [...]