Lifelong resident to help communities
get off diesel
and onto renewable energy
January 08, 2010
Juneau The Southeast Alaska Conservation Council on Thursday
introduced Juneau resident Dan Lesh as their Energy Coordinator,
a new position the organization will use to help advance renewable
energy in Southeast Alaska.
"Developing a sustainable, affordable energy supply is the
biggest challenge facing Southeast Alaska," said Lesh. "I'm
excited to join with SEACC to assist community efforts throughout
our region, especially in areas currently relying on diesel."
Lesh was born in Juneau and raised in Gustavus, a town that recently
completed construction of a hydroelectric dam, enabling it to
largely switch off the town's diesel generators. Before centralized
power, his family operated its own generator to power their inn,
started in 1965.
Lesh most recently worked as a nonpartisan policy analyst with
the Alaska Legislature, focusing on energy and other issues.
Lesh attended the University of Alaska Southeast for several
semesters then completed his bachelor's degree in biology at
Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa.
"Dan's understanding of rural Alaskans' connection to the
land and what it takes to live in isolated Southeast communities
will be a valuable asset as he helps us get Southeast Alaska
off of diesel power and onto clean, sustainable and community-focused
renewable energy," said Lindsey Ketchel, SEACC's Executive
According to a news release, SEACC has already been engaged in
efforts to promote renewable energy in Southeast by bringing
in energy experts to discuss Southeast Alaska's renewable energy
potential, promoting energy conservation, and encouraging citizens
to engage in state energy planning. By hiring a full-time coordinator,
SEACC hopes to help communities get good projects moving by helping
them navigate the various regulatory, funding and other hurdles
in the process.
"We live in an incredibly powerful place, full of a wide
range of renewable energy opportunities," said Lesh, "and
the people of our region are committed to developing projects
that give us the affordable energy we need with minimal impacts
to the other resources that support our unique way of life, such
as abundant fish runs and healthy forests. It's an incredible
time to be working in this field."
Source of News:
Southeast Alaska Conservation
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