New Considerations for Alaska's Clean Power Movement

Keith Kohl

Written By Keith Kohl

Posted August 19, 2015

Senator Lisa Murkowski, major proponent for U.S. oil exports, has been focusing her legislative changes at home recently.

Of course, as a Republican senator for the state of Alaska, it’s in her best interest to see that the state’s recent push for cleaner energy sources fits nicely into U.S. legislation.

The current problem, however, lies in the state’s unique energy infrastructure. Between 200 and 300 microgrids using diesel fuel power Alaskan homes, a set-up which excluded the state from the recently announced regulations and goals put forth by the Clean Power Plan.

Alaska HydropowerSeveral Alaskan officials believe the U.S. government’s clean power regulations are not suited to Alaska’s needs.

“It’s imperative that accommodations are made to account for our state’s geographic distinctiveness,” says Senator Dan Sullivan. “That’s what Sen. Murkowski and I will continue to fight for in D.C.”

Senator Murkowski has called for a halt on harsh regulations that are stalling development of the state’s natural resources and are “suffocating investment.”

Executive director of the Alaska Miners Association addresses the uncertainty created when several new plans, regulations, and policies are introduced from multiple sources and are treated as “legitimate land management tools” without proper assessment.

Deputy director of the Alaska Department of Natural resources Ed Fogels asserts that Alaksa must be acknowledged “as an equal partner by the federal government,” in relation to the changes being made to the state’s energy portfolio.

On Monday, August 17, these and other Alaska officials met for a join Senate hearing hosted by Senator Murkowski. This meeting discussed what effects the federal government’s regulations had on Alaskan practices and land use, and what needed to be changed.

These and other arguments will likely be put to the President himself when he visits Alaska in September for a conference and remains in the state for several days.

To continue reading…

Click here to read the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and National Resources report.

Until next time,

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