The Sweetheart Lake Hydroelectric Facility and the Juneau Heating District represent the leading edge of technology to provide self-reliant, sustainable energy independence for Juneau. Comparatively, fossil fuels must be refined, processed and transported by barge to Juneau. In an increasingly volatile world, energy security is becoming an ever more important local topic. Even if the rest of the world goes dark and shipping systems interrupted, Sweetheart Lake and Juneau District Heating will allow Juneau to be self-reliant and self-sufficient in our ability to heat our homes, keep our lights on and operate electrical transportation.
Due to Juneau’s isolated grid, we have no option but to increase our renewable energy resources to protect our community.
Sustainable and self-sufficient local hydropower is better for our collective economy and our personal household budget. Secure, fossil free energy families the ability to accurately budget into the future devoid of fossil fuel price volatility. Energy security for Juneau is not merely access to energy, but access to reliable and low cost energy that can operate essentially forever.
It is our belief, and driving ambition, that the people who live in Juneau should never again have to worry about whether they can pay an unexpectedly high fuel bill versus purchasing groceries their family needs. An electric future powered by our abundant rainfall and the warmth of our oceans is the right energy choice for us all today and for future generations of Juneau citizens.