Johansen: State needs energy policy

Posted: Tuesday, March 09, 2010

JUNEAU - House Majority Leader Kyle Johansen says he's confident in a statewide energy policy passing the Legislature this year. He's less clear on the chances for individual projects - or on an omnibus energy package - that some believe could bring rate relief to Alaskans.

The Ketchikan Republican told reporters Monday that he's pushing a policy first, saying that will help focus other efforts. Proposed policy pending in a House committee is essentially a mission statement, calling for promotion of renewable energy resources and supporting research, among other things. It also sets goals for such things as increases in energy efficiency.

House Speaker Mike Chenault says some projects may need to move forward to address energy concerns. He said he wants to move past studies to getting power in the grid.

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