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Energy Committee Releases Draft Legislation


Committee debuts omnibus bill, begins seeking public input

Friday, December 11, 2009, Anchorage, Alaska – The House Special Committee on Energy today released its draft energy policy and omnibus bills for the upcoming legislative session in Juneau next month. The committee rolled out the new bills during a public hearing in Anchorage, taking initial testimony from stakeholders and members of the public.

The committee focused on examining existing disparate bills relating to energy and combining them into one bill, including: efficiency standards for public works, creating a state department of energy, renewable energy funding, codifying regulations for nuclear power, and incentivizing renewable and emerging energy sources.

“We spent months traveling across the state over the interim and listening to Alaskans and stakeholder groups about what can be done and needs to be done,” Co-Chair Charisse Millett, R-Anchorage, said. “In addition to drafting the first comprehensive statewide energy policy document with stakeholders, we examined existing legislation, taking their best ideas and refining them – or in some cases defining them – to give us a head start when session begins.”

The draft energy policy carries five core fundamental principles to guide the state moving forward:Support energy research, education, and workforce development

- Support coordination of governmental functions, which promotes streamlining of regulatory processes and overall coordination of efforts by all levels of gove

“Our stakeholders group offered great insights into both the demand and supply sides of the energy equation and where different regions need to go from here, which helps us focus and bring in the best aspects of bills that are already working through the legislative process,” Co-Chair Bryce Edgmon, D-Dillingham, said. “I'm optomistic that the energy will be a priority issue with the House, Senate and the Governor and that together, we'll make significant progress on major legislation next session.”

The individual bills included in the committee draft are: HB 148, HB 191, HB 196, HB 218, HB 219, SB 31, SB 71, SB 121, and SB 150.

To view the two working drafts log on to http://housemajority.org/coms/index.php?c=100.

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