HB 306: "An Act declaring a state energy policy."
00 HOUSE BILL NO. 306 01 "An Act declaring a state energy policy." 02 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 03 * Section 1. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section 04 to read: 05 LEGISLATIVE INTENT. It is the intent of the legislature that 06 (1) the state achieve a 15 percent increase in energy efficiency on a per capita 07 basis between 2010 and 2020; 08 (2) the state receive 50 percent of its electric generation from renewable 09 energy sources by 2025; 10 (3) the state work to ensure a reliable in-state gas supply for residents of the 11 state; 12 (4) the power project fund (AS 42.45.010) serve as the main source of state 13 assistance for energy projects. 14 * Sec. 2. AS 44.99 is amended by adding a new section to read: 15 Sec. 44.99.115. Declaration of state energy policy. The State of Alaska
01 recognizes that the state's economic prosperity is dependent on available, reliable, and 02 affordable residential, commercial, and industrial energy to supply the state's electric, 03 heating, and transportation needs. The state also recognizes that worldwide supply and 04 demand for fossil fuels and concerns about global climate change will affect the price 05 of fossil fuels consumed by Alaskans and exported from the state to other markets. In 06 establishing a state energy policy, the state further recognizes the immense diversity of 07 the state's geography, cultures, and resource availability. Therefore, it is the policy of 08 the state to 09 (1) institute a comprehensive and coordinated approach to supporting 10 energy efficiency and conservation by 11 (A) establishing statewide energy efficiency codes for new and 12 renovated residential, commercial, and public buildings; 13 (B) decreasing public building energy consumption through 14 conservation measures and energy-efficient technologies; and 15 (C) initiating and supporting a program to educate state 16 residents on the benefits of energy efficiency and conservation, including 17 dissemination of information on state and federal programs that reward energy 18 efficiency; 19 (2) encourage economic development by 20 (A) promoting the development of renewable energy resources, 21 including geothermal, wind, solar, hydroelectric, hydrokinetic, tidal, and 22 biomass energy, for use by Alaskans and for export; 23 (B) promoting the development, transport, and efficient use of 24 nonrenewable energy resources, including natural gas, coal, oil, gas hydrates, 25 heavy oil, and nuclear energy, for use by Alaskans and for export; 26 (C) working to identify and assist with development of the 27 most cost-effective, long-term sources of energy for each community 28 statewide; 29 (D) creating and maintaining a state fiscal regime that 30 encourages private sector development of the state's energy resources; 31 (3) support energy research, education, and workforce development by
01 investing in 02 (A) training and education programs that address energy 03 conservation, efficiency, and availability, including programs that address 04 workforce development and workforce transition; and 05 (B) applied energy research and development of emerging 06 technologies, including university programs, to achieve reductions in state 07 energy costs and stimulate industry investment in the state; 08 (4) coordinate governmental functions 09 (A) by reviewing and streamlining regulatory processes and 10 balancing the economic costs of review with the level of review necessary to 11 protect the public interest; 12 (B) using one office or agency, as may be specified by law, to 13 serve as a clearinghouse in managing the state's energy-related functions to 14 avoid fragmentation and duplication and to increase effectiveness; 15 (C) by actively collaborating with federal agencies to achieve 16 the state's energy goals and to meet national emissions, renewable energy, and 17 energy production targets.