Alaska state senators call for $293 million for Railbelt electrical systems, renewable energy and energy efficiency 

From the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Two Alaska state senators today recommended the state use roughly $200 million to restock an energy fund, a proposed deposit aimed at upgrading electrical generation and transmission systems through Fairbanks and Southcentral Alaska. The figure comprises two-thirds of a broader slate of recommendations, released last fall without a price tag, for a major shift in state energy policy. That plan, developed through committees on energy and natural resources, calls for a slate of plans. Some, such as $25 million for home energy-efficiency work, would look to reduce demand for energy across the state. Others, including a proposed $25 million boost in deposits toward renewable energy development, would look to shift supply options toward renewable resources.Read more

Read Sens. Lesil McGuire and Bill Wielechowski’s letter on the energy recommendations here

More headlines on the energy recommendations:
Southeast, rural energy issues considered by Legislature(Juneau Empire)

Anchorage senators draft state energy policy(KTUU)

Senate energy bill: $300 million(Alaska Dispatch)

Utility reps meeting for consolidation talks(Fairbanks Daily News-Miner)

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