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Alaska’s Long Term Energy Plans Taking Shape

House Energy Committee Meets in Fairbanks during AFN Convention

 

(ANCHORAGE) – The House Special Committee on Energy heard the latest information on Friday about energy projects and appropriations from the Alaska Energy Authority and the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation. Energy Co-chairs Bryce Edgmon, D-Dillingham and Charisse Millett, R-Anchorage, called the meeting to prepare lawmakers for the upcoming 2011 legislative session.

“The good news is we are beginning to make real progress on energy supply and demand studies,” said Rep. Edgmon. “With that information we can return to Juneau and start addressing the energy crisis in rural areas, and holding the meeting in Fairbanks during the AFN convention was a great opportunity to bring Alaskans up to speed on energy issues.”

“Last session we laid the foundation for Alaska’s long term energy strategy with HB 306, the State Energy Policy,” said Rep. Millett. “Now with that solid foundation under our feet, the legislature can turn its attention to the big decisions on a gas pipeline and large scale hydroelectric projects.”

Officials from the Alaska Energy Authority provided the latest information on the proposed Chakachamna and Susitna hydroelectric projects, while staff from the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation had an update on its popular Home Energy Rebate Program. Staff from the Cold Climate Housing Research Center and the Alaska Center for Energy and Power also testified.

For more information, contact Rep Edgmon at (907) 269-0275, or Rep. Millett at (907) 269-0222.

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