Conservation caught on throughout Juneau during the city’s energy emergency this spring. Alaska Electric Light and Power in Juneau says its three major classes of customers — residential, commercial, and government — all cut their consumption by 20% or more. The quadrupling of power prices made it very expensive for anyone not to cut back sharply on their electricity habit while Juneau was running on emergency diesel power. But the biggest energy savings occurred in people’s homes, not in businesses or government offices.
John Ryan, KTOO – Juneau