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First step taken in laying foundation for Alaska energy policy

Wednesday, March 17, 2010, Juneau, Alaska - The Alaska House of Representatives today unanimously passed House Bill 306, the first step to solving Alaska's long-term energy needs. The bill, sponsored by the House Special Committee on Energy, establishes an overarching energy policy to guide the legislature, the administration, utilities, conservation groups, and everyday Alaskans toward the collective goal of providing more affordable and stable energy in Alaska.

HB 306 has four main goals in establishing a statewide energy policy: establishing a thorough and coordinated approach to supporting energy efficiency and conservation; encouraging economic development in Alaska; supporting energy research, education and workforce development; and coordinating governmental functions.

"Now we have a roadmap to reaching our energy goals," House Special Committee on Energy Co-Chair Charisse Millett, R-Anchorage, said. "The policy outlines priorities for renewable and nonrenewable energy, conservation and efficiency and balances the needs between urban and rural Alaska."  

"The credit for the energy policy bill doesn't belong to legislators-it belongs to the stakeholders who created it," Co-Chair Rep. Bryce Edgmon, D-Dillingham, said. "We brought together a diverse group who spent six months working to find common ground to build an energy policy that recognizes Alaska is a resource development state but conservation and efficiency measures also play an important role in our energy future."    

The following is a list of the 16 members who served on the House Energy Stakeholders Group:
  • Chris Rose, Renewable Energy Alaska Project
  • Bill Popp, Anchorage Economic Development Corporation
  • Jason Brune, Resource Development Council
  • Caitlin Higgins, Alaska Conservation Alliance
  • Gwen Holdmann, Alaska Center for Energy and Power
  • Robert Venables, Southeast Conference
  • Ralph Andersen, Bristol Bay Native Corporation
  • Scott Goldsmith, Institute for Social and Economic Research
  • John Davies, Alaska Cold Climate Housing Research Center
  • Bob Pawlowski, Denali Commission
  • Denali Daniels, Denali Commission
  • Stacy Schubert, Municipality of Anchorage
  • Marilyn Leland, Alaska Power Association
  • Ron Miller, Energy Consultant
  • Kathy Wasserman, Alaska Municipal League
  • Meera Kohler, Alaska Village Electric Cooperative
HB 306 now moves to the Alaska State Senate for consideration.
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