Session will be remembered for its ‘energy’ legislation
April 26, 2010
By Kate Troll in the Juneau Empire: The Alaska Legislature passed two bills critical to securing Alaska’s energy future, and neither had anything to do with the natural gas pipeline. I believe that 10 years from now, the 2010 Legislative Session will be remembered not for the $3 billion capital budget or the rollback on cruise ship tax but for the year they passed the Alaska Sustainable Energy Act (SB 220) and the State Energy Policy (HB 306). These two measures will have far-reaching consequences for all of Alaska’s communities, while at the same time establishing Alaska as a leader in the global market for clean energy.
“I’m thrilled that the Legislature came together to pass such substantial and important energy legislation,” said Sen. Bill Wielechowski D-Anchorage, co-chair of the Resources Committee. “It lays the foundation for Alaska to become a global leader in renewable energy and energy efficiency, and tasks the state with leading by example.” Read more