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Energy Policy Amendments Create Job Opportunities, Accountability

Next Step Must Include Real Jobs and Energy Development

(JUNEAU) - Today, March 17, the Alaska House of Representatives passed House Bill 306, an energy policy vision developed by the House Energy Committee through months of negotiations with key stakeholders.  Anchorage Democratic committee members Representatives Chris Tuck and Pete Petersen successfully included language promoting jobs for Alaskans, requiring tangible results, and pushing Alaska to become a leader in the alternative energy industry. 

"Jobs and the high cost of energy are the top issues I hear about from my constituents," Tuck said.  "I was glad to champion the effort to place jobs for Alaskans as a priority in the State's energy economy vision.  With the jobs clause, we better sustain our families as we grow into the future. "

"Enacting this policy will give Alaska a road map to affordable, reliable energy for all Alaskans," Petersen said.  "Ours was a statewide effort, and I am especially proud to have added meaningful, measurable goals to this bill to ensure it succeeds."

Along with stakeholders from across Alaska, Petersen, Tuck and other committee members were instrumental in drafting HB 306 from its inception.  They travelled across Alaska with the Energy Committee listening to local concerns and worked in the stakeholders' advisory group convened to help draft the bill.

"Alaska is a resource state already, and we can lead an emerging alternative energy economy.  Benefits will be huge for our families, including good-paying jobs and lower energy costs," Petersen said.

"This policy is the first step in developing an energy plan for Alaska, which will guide state investments in people and projects," Tuck said.  "We need to put Alaskans to work.  We face a tough economy and people are getting laid off.  Cheap, reliable energy will help our businesses to flourish and our economy to thrive."

For more information, contact Rep. Tuck or aide Aurah Landau at (907) 465-2095 or Rep. Petersen or aide David Dunsmore at (907) 465-4939.

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