January 21, 2009
Alaska Governor Sarah Palin on Friday praised energy coordinator Steve Haagenson and the Alaska Energy Authority for the release of their comprehensive guide to energy in Alaska. The guide, Alaska Energy - - A First Step Toward Energy Independence, identifies energy options for communities across the state.
"While lower crude oil prices are reducing the costs of energy today, we must remain committed to achieving energy security for our future economic well-being," Governor Palin said.
The guide identifies and prioritizes energy projects; puts into place legal and government structures needed to allow them to go forward; and identifies potential funding sources.
"This tool will focus each community on their relative options for generating electricity and heat through the use of locally available resources," said Haagenson.
The plan calls for Alaskans, the Legislature, local and regional governments, the University of Alaska and the private sector to work together to ensure that by 2025 half of the state's electricity comes from renewable sources.
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