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ALASKA CHAMBER | It's Your Business June 18-July 2, 2014

It's Your Business 
June 18-July 2, 2014 
In this issue
Vote No On 1
Nominate Alaska's best
Business Bites launches
Waters of Alaska or U.S.?
Clean Power or Power Awry?
Opportunities North '14
 
 
Upcoming
Committee
Meetings
None
 
Upcoming
Events
Alaska Chamber Community Outreach Trip June 23-25
Nome, Alaska
 
Alaska Business Week
Summer Program
July 27-August 2
Fairbanks, Alaska
 
Thank you to 
our valued
Lead Sponsors
 
Platinum
BP
ConocoPhillips Alaska
ExxonMobil
NANA Development Corp.
 
Gold
Pebble Limited Partnership
 
Caelus Energy, LLC 
Wells Fargo Bank Alaska
 
Silver
Alaska Communications
Holland America
 
Partner
American Chemistry Council
Apache
The Boeing Company
Petro Marine Services
Seekins Ford Lincoln
Tesoro Alaska Company
TOTE
TSS
 
Welcome new members 
Capitol Glass
Northerm Windows
 
Welcome back 
renewing members
Kodiak Area
Native Association

CI Energy Group -
A Division of
The Canadian Institute

Construction Machinery Industrial, LLC

Greater Soldotna
Chamber of Commerce

KeyBank of Alaska

Lynden, Inc.

Perkins Coie LLP

Port of Bellingham

Robert A. Evans
Vote No On 1

Alaska holds 30% of the United States known oil and gas resources, yet every other state had more economic growth in energy than we did in 2013.

 

We've turned that around and investment is up in Alaska this year. Let's keep Alaska on the right track - Vote No On 1 on August 19.    

 

Energy States Lead the Way in Economic Growth by Sean Hackbarth - Thursday, June 12  

Nominate Alaska's best in business
This year marks the 50th Annual Top Business Awards celebration by the Alaska Chamber. The awards acknowledge the accomplishments of leading small businesses, chambers of commerce, individuals, and the contributions they make to our statewide economy.

Nominations are being accepted in three categories:

To nominate, click on any of the above award categories and be redirected to the online submission form.   Winners will be announced Tuesday, October 22 during the Awards Gala at our Fall Conference in Girdwood, Alaska.

Alaska Chamber launches Business Bites
The Alaska Chamber kicked off Business Bites today with more than a dozen Chamber members for a briefing on  Employers, Elections and Employees.

Designed to provide Chamber members with practical knowledge they can use right away, Business Bites are casual briefings over lunch on a variety of relevant business topics. Sessions are open to all Chamber members.

Watch your email for invitations to future sessions! 
Waters of Alaska or the U.S.?
In late March, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corp of Engineers released their proposed Clean Water Act rule on the Waters of the United States (WOTUS). The rule's intended purpose is to clarify current regulations on EPA and the Corps' jurisdiction over "navigable waters" of the United States. This new rule comes with some serious economic roadblocks:
  • More manufacturing and industrial construction, operations, maintenance, and building activities will require time consuming and costly permits or face uncertainty regarding Clean Water Act violations.
  • Manufacturers' ability to build new, expand existing or in some instance maintain facilities will be significantly restricted.
  • Without major changes to the final Rule manufactures will experience costly and time consuming delays.

Fortunately, the public comment period for the WOTUS proposed rule has been extended until October 20. The agencies have also extended the public comment period on the interpretive rule by 30 days to July 7. 

 

Click here to review a great summary of the proposed WOTUS rule from Alaska Chamber partner National Association of Manufactures.   

View the EPA's proposed rules here. 
Clean Power or Power Awry?
It's tough to stay on top of all the regulations being promulgated in D.C. that affect the cost of doing business and Alaska's overall economic potential. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently proposed a new rule that States must submit plans to reduce their power-sector CO2 emissions by, on a national-average basis, 26-27% by 2020 and 30-32% by 2030, as compared with 2005 levels.

While the EPA claims States would be free to formulate their own plans to meet the agency's goals the reality is starkly different. The goals set by the EPA in its new "clean power" rule cannot be achieved through technological or operating improvements at facilities within the source category that EPA is ostensibly trying to regulate (coal generators).

In a nutshell, EPA's proposal directly inserts itself into matters that are reserved for State regulation. States, through their public service commissions, have exclusive authority over electric resource planning. Not even the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, much less EPA, has authority to dictate electric resource choices to States.

EPA's latest proposal makes one wonder whether the agency is truly concerned with clean power or levering its power over States.


Information Resources 
The Alaska Chamber is a member of the Partnership for a Better Energy Future (PBEF) which is closely tracking this proposed rule. Click here to visit the Partnership's site to learn more about these regulations.

Click here to review an excellent issue overview provided by PBEF participant Peter Glaser of Troutman Sanders.

The U.S. Chamber's Institute for 21st Century Energy has assessed the impact of these new rules. Check out their study online here.


In the news 
3 Charts Show How Unpopular EPA Carbon Regulations are in Coal States by Sean Hackbarth - Friday, June 13

As Governors Warn EPA to Stop Carbon Regulations, Agency Chief Pitches Plan to Bill Maher by Sean Hackbarth - Tuesday, June 17  
Northern Business Conference, Oct. 6-9
If you are the owner of a Northern Business; would like to do business in the North or are simply interested in our Northern Economy, this is an event you can't afford to miss!  

Opportunities North '14 Conference will be hosted by Yukon Chamber of Commerce in Whitehorse, Yukon from Monday, October 6 to Thursday, October 9.

The conference theme, "Pushing Boundaries" reflects the goal of this year's conference to provide new information that will lead to new business opportunities, ventures, investments, and relationships that "Push Boundaries" in terms of doing business in and with the North.

For more information visit opportunitiesnorth.com

 

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