Murkowski: Low Cost Energy Way to Spur Economy 

By Becky Bohrer The Associated Press: U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says high energy costs are “sapping the economic strength” of Alaska and its families. With the focus in Washington expected to stay on reducing federal spending, she says it will be critical for state and private funding to help fill the void and make new energy projects a reality.Murkowski told a rural energy conference in Juneau Tuesday that finding ways to lower energy costs is the best way to spur the state and local economies.

She said replacing diesel generation with renewable energy is the wisest course for rural communities.

Murkowski said she’s introduced legislation with a provision calling for putting a portion of money the federal government gets from conventional fuels, like oil and gas, into a fund to help advance renewable energy projects.

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