February 3rd, 2010
2:30 PM — Senate Resources Committee to Discuss Important Energy Legislation
Today the Senate Resources Committee will be holding a session to discuss important energy legislation. The first piece up for deliberation is SB 220, the Senate Omnibus Energy Bill on which there has already been some discussion and much positive testimony. The bill, dubbed the Alaska Sustainable Energy Act, lays out a state energy policy and includes previously submitted proposals addressing a wide variety of pressing energy issues.
Time permitting, the committee will also discuss HB 20, an act pertaining to commercial fishing loans to upgrade vessels for the purpose of improving energy efficiency. The bill comes to Senate Resources with overwhelming support from the House, and has also been referred to the Finance Committee.
Alaska Conservation Alliance will be at the hearing following today’s events. Keep up with us on our website or check for updates on Facebook or Twitter.
1:45 PM — House Special Committee on Energy passes HB 306
The Alaska state legislature made progress towards a statewide energy policy on Tuesday as the House Special Committee on Energy passed HB 306. The proposal aims to lay the foundation for a state energy strategy that will provide reliable, affordable energy to citizens across Alaska. It also sets specific goals for energy efficiency and increased use of renewable energy sources. HB 306 is now on its way to the House Resources Committee for approval.