ENERGY COMMITTEE HEARS FROM
Committee hears from Haines
on energy needs and proposed legislation
September 21, 2009
Haines, Alaska The Alaska House & Senate Special Committees
on Energy heard from Haines and other Southeast Alaska residents
and businesses on energy needs as part of their consideration
in drafting a comprehensive statewide energy plan Wednesday.
The hearing took place at the Haines High School Gym last Friday.
The committees heard resident, business, and stakeholder opinions
on a host of energy topics, including those related to House
Bill (HB) 218, which would create the Alaska Department of Energy.
"Southeast Alaskans are committed to clean renewable energy
and a statewide energy policy," Committee Co-Chair Charisse
Millett, R-Anchorage, said. "What Southeast is doing with
hydroelectric power generation could be brought to other parts
of the state. What the committee learned from the people of Haines
will help us craft an energy policy that benefits all of Alaska."
The committees were in Haines at the same time as the Southeast
Conference, a regional economic and policy group that organizes
throughout the year to discuss issues of regional importance.
"Having our meeting in Haines during the Southeast Conference
was excellent," Committee Co-Chair Bryce Edgmon, D-Dillingham,
said. "It gave us a chance to meet with and hear from folks
from all parts of Southeast Alaska. Once again, it is an important
reminder to our committee that different areas of the state have
their own unique needs and options for us to consider while we
craft an energy plan for the state."
The committee plans on more public hearings leading up to the
beginning of the regular legislative session in January.
Source of News:
Alaska House & Senate Special
Committees on Energy
Committee Co-Chair Charisse Millett, R-Anchorage
Committee Co-Chair Bryce Edgmon, D-Dillingham
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