Online energy survey worth your time

Posted: Thursday, February 05, 2009

On April 16, 2008, avalanches severed Juneau from its inexpensive and clean source of hydroelectric power; the connection was restored on June 1, 2008. On Jan. 12, 2009 avalanches once again severed the connection. Although the first energy crisis caused hardship as the price of electricity more than tripled, it also engendered a lively community dialog and dramatic energy conservation efforts.

We now have the opportunity to learn from our experience by fully understanding what occurred in response to Juneau's energy crisis. We know Juneau reduced electricity use a stunning 30 percent during this crisis, but we know little about how the conservation was achieved and what changes persisted. Your participation in a 30-minute online survey at will help answer these questions; the results will help improve energy planning in Juneau and elsewhere.

The survey will be open for one month at, takes less than 30 minutes to complete, and is for residents and businesses. Broad participation is essential for the success of this research, so please encourage your friends to complete the survey as well, regardless of what energy-related activities they did or did not do. A quick email with the Web address to all your friends might be a convenient way to spread the word.

The survey asks about what actions you took during the 45-day period in 2008 when the connection to hydroelectric power was severed, and what you did after the connection was restored. The information collected will be used for this research project only and strict confidentiality will be maintained. Participants have the option of requesting a copy of the survey results. For more information, contact me at or530-635-7632.

Wayne Leighty

Former Juneau resident studying sustainable energy systems at the University of California, Davis

Oakland, Calif.

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