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Assembly Committee to take a look at climate plan

Also will hear more of the AJ Mine report

Posted: July 31, 2011 - 8:39pm

The Assembly Committee of the Whole will hear the draft report of the Climate Action Plan on Monday, along with more review of the AJ Mine Advisory Committee report.

The Climate Action Plan seeks to analyze Juneau’s energy use and reduce the use of consumption, particularly by decreasing the amount of fossil fuels used in residences, businesses and government facilities.

The plan also states that even if people aren’t interested in conservation and clean energy, they should be in favor of it because it also will reduce costs — thus saving everyone money.

It outlines the city’s commitment to reducing greenhouse emissions.

It also details how energy is consumed within the borough — 43 percent on transportation, 40 percent on buildings, 12 percent on mining and 5 percent on powering heavy equipment. Seventy-five percent of the energy spent comes from burning fossil fuels, the report states, while the remaining energy is used via electricity.

The 60-page report also details setting emissions targets and implementing other sustainability measures including food production, transportation, land use, utilities and alternative energy systems.

The Assembly COW also will hear again from city Engineering Director Rorie Watt on the AJ Mine committee’s report. On Monday he plans to recap the document’s recommendations, and also will give information on the Small Mine Concept. This concept is the second proposal Echo Bay began to explore, and is only considered small compared to its initial proposal. Watt states in his memo that he is including the information as a source document, since the committee based many of its opinions and suggestions on the concept.

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