House passes nonbinding energy policy bill

Posted: Thursday, March 18, 2010

JUNEAU - The House unanimously passed legislation detailing Alaska's energy policy for years to come.

The bill passed Wednesday lays out nonbinding energy goals, such as having half the state's electricity generated from renewable sources by 2025. It also encourages efforts for such things as renewables, energy efficiency, conservation and private sector involvement. It doesn't include funding but lawmakers see it as a roadmap to guide future spending decisions.

Reps. Charisse Millett and Bryce Edgmon, the bill's sponsors, say it is especially meaningful because it was written by a diverse group of Alaska experts rather than lawmakers. Millett is a Republican from Anchorage and Edgmon a Democrat from Dillingham.

The bill now goes to the Senate.

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