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Senators McGuire, Wielechowski Seek Public Input on Energy Program


Nov. 20, 2009
(ANCHORAGE) – Senator Lesil McGuire (R-Anchorage), chair of the Senate Special Committee on Energy and co-chair of the Senate Resources Committee, and Senator Bill Wielechowski (D-Anchorage), co-chair of the Senate Resources Committee, are calling on Alaskans to submit comments on their Draft State Energy Policy and Program Recommendations.

“We’ve put together draft recommendations that we think will go a long way in addressing some of Alaska’s biggest energy challenges,” said Senator McGuire.  “Now we are turning to the public to help us transform this draft into action.”

“Since the end of the legislative session in April, we have visited many parts of the state to learn first-hand about the severity of the energy challenges they face, and to get ideas and suggestions for short- and long-term solutions,” said Senator Wielechowski.  “Before we go back to Juneau for the next session in January, we want to hear from as many Alaskans as possible.”

Alaskans are encouraged to go online to www.energy.aksenate.org, review the Draft State Energy Policy and Program Recommendations, and let the senators know what changes they’d suggest by sending written comments to senate.energy@legis.stateak.us before December 15th.  This extends the deadline for public comment by a month, allowing more time for Senators to hear from Alaskans

The 50 pages of recommendations call for increased funding for weatherization, more energy efficient power generation, merging Railbelt utilities, and providing incentives for more natural gas exploration in Cook Inlet, among other things.     

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