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AK Governor Sarah Palin Welcomes State House Proposal to Consolidate Energy Programs

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin on April 6, 2009 lauded Alaska’s State House Special Committee on Energy for introducing legislation to consolidate that state’s energy programs (Energy Consolidation, 2009, ¶1). Consolidation will help control the growth of Alaska’s state government whilst saving or at least keeping tax payer expenditures on these programs the same (Energy Consolidation, 2009, ¶2).

On Saturday, April 11, 2009, “a roundtable of statewide energy experts and advocates called for a cabinet-level focus on energy in Alaska. Members of the Palin Administration will be working with the committee over the interim to identify which programs should be consolidated” (Energy Consolidation, 2009, ¶3).

“From the very first days of our administration, we have been focused on energy solutions for Alaska,” Governor Palin said. “We will embrace efficient ways to streamline our programs to deliver results. We’re working hard everyday to meet Alaska’s energy challenges. This House initiative is a cooperative effort to accomplish even more” (Energy Consolidation, 2009, ¶4).

Alaska’s Division of Geological and Geophysical Survey at the Department of Natural Resources inventoried the state’s energy resources over the past two years. Governor Palin appointed Steve Haagenson Executive Director of the Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) in March 2008. That Authority released a major energy report calling for 50% of the states’ energy resources to be derived from renewable resources by 2025 on January 16, 2009 and the Governor discussed it at a press conference on January 20, 2009 (Energy Consolidation, 2009, ¶5). Haagenson is referenced and photographed in the January release. He was the state’s Energy Coordinator at the time.

Material pertaining to the AEA report and conference is available at this blog entry, which contains complete citations and references to the energy guide and other documentation, as well as an audio transcript of the press conference: Alaska’s Energy Plan

Commentary

This legislation is not yet Governor Palin’s accomplishment — it is the Alaska State House’s accomplishment at the moment — but ultimately as the executive who signs the bill into law, it will be hers, should nothing unforeseen happen along the way.

One of Governor Palin’s strong suits is her subject matter expertise on energy generation, production, transmission, distribution and political matters pertaining thereto. This expertise should serve her well as the State House finishes this legislation and moves it to the State Senate.

Now…if only they would introduce the Governor’s legislation to consolidate the Railbelt Utilities and build that intra-state gas pipeline…..That would be a grand slam home run.

References

Governor welcomes house energy committee proposal. (2009, April 6). State of Alaska, Governor. Retrieved April 6, 2009 from: http://www.gov.state.ak.us/news.php?id=1738