October 19, 2009
Goal 1: Ensure all Alaskans have access to reliable energy supplies at the lowest cost over the long·term.
Goal 2: Develop Alaska's energy resources in a responsible manner to sustain Alaska's economy and provide for the growth of Alaska's communities and industries.
Goal 3: Ensure continued responsible exploration and development of Alaska's oil and gas resources and manage these resources for the maximum long·term benefit of all Alaskans.
Goal 4: Reduce the dependence of Alaskan communities on fossil fuels for electricity and heat by developing our renewable and alternative energy resources and by promoting energy efficiency and conservation.
Goal 5: Strive to produce 50% renewable energy by 2025 and to increase energy efficiency by 10% by 2015.
Goal 6: Maintain a commitment to environmental stewardship and responsible resource development, anticipating the environmental effects of and regulatory response to climate change.
Goal 7: Promote energy research at Alaska's universities, energy education in our public schools, and workforce development programs at our post·secondary institutions and vocational schools.
"The recommendations focus
on improving energy efficiency, among many other strategies,"
said Senator Lesil McGuire. "Increasing efficiency is a
way to cut costs without compromising comfort or productivity.
Energy efficiency is a way to do the same or more with less,
to use energy smartly."
Senator Wielechowski emphasized
that the recommendations will help the state and its families
move towards greater energy independence. "This report is
a call to action. Alaska's energy future depends on what we do
now," Senator Wielechowski said. "With oil prices on
the rise again, Alaska is at a crossroads. We need to invest
now for Alaska's long-term benefit." He added, "This
plan is an effort to shine the light on one of Alaska's most
pressing needs and offer solutions that can move Alaska forward
Alaskans are encouraged to
submit comments and suggestions to address the state's energy
needs. Submit comments online at http://sites.google.com/site/aksenateenergypolicy/contact-us-2
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