HJR 8: Urging the federal government to empower the state to protect the state's access to affordable and reliable electrical generation.

00 HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 8 01 Urging the federal government to empower the state to protect the state's access to 02 affordable and reliable electrical generation. 03 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 WHEREAS the overreach by the United States Environmental Protection Agency 05 continues to erode state rights; and 06 WHEREAS especially egregious is the Clean Power Plan for existing power plants, 07 which places unprecedented regulations on the nation's energy producers and threatens access 08 to affordable and reliable energy solutions for this and other states; and 09 WHEREAS the Regulatory Commission of Alaska should be empowered to make 10 decisions with methodology based on the lowest production costs for electrical generation; 11 and 12 WHEREAS the state would benefit from a one and one-half percent cap on electricity 13 rate increases; and 14 WHEREAS utilities, communities, residents, and commercial entities should be 15 protected from any attempts to close a coal-fired power plant in the state; and 16 WHEREAS the state needs coal-fired power plants to ensure the reliability of the

01 electrical energy grid; and 02 WHEREAS the loss of other traditional electrical generation methods may cause 03 natural gas plants to be overused or used in ways that exceed their engineered design; and 04 WHEREAS fostering the development and preservation of reliable, affordable, and 05 environmentally safe electricity for communities, homes, and businesses in the state is an 06 essential state activity; and 07 WHEREAS the state is better able to deal with the issues described in this resolution 08 than the federal government; 09 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature urges the federal government to 10 empower the state government, which is accountable to the people of the state, to regulate its 11 own energy production and use in order to protect access to affordable and reliable electrical 12 generation for residents of the state. 13 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of 14 the United States; the Honorable Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Vice-President of the United States and 15 President of the U.S. Senate; the Honorable John Boehner, Speaker of the U.S. House of 16 Representatives; the Honorable Mitch McConnell, Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate; the 17 Honorable Orrin Hatch, President pro tempore of the U.S. Senate; the Honorable Lisa 18 Murkowski and the Honorable Dan Sullivan, U.S. Senators, and the Honorable Don Young, 19 U.S. Representative, members of the Alaska delegation in Congress; and all other members of 20 the 114th United States Congress.