CSHJR 8(ENE): Urging the federal government to exempt the state from the Clean Power Plan and empower the state to protect the state's access to affordable and reliable electrical generation.
00 CS FOR HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 8(ENE) 01 Urging the federal government to exempt the state from the Clean Power Plan and 02 empower the state to protect the state's access to affordable and reliable electrical 03 generation. 04 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 05 WHEREAS the overreach by the United States Environmental Protection Agency 06 continues to erode state rights; and 07 WHEREAS the United States Environment Protection Agency has proposed rules 08 establishing carbon emissions goals for existing electrical power generators; and 09 WHEREAS especially egregious is the Clean Power Plan for existing power plants, 10 which places unprecedented regulations on the nation's energy producers and threatens access 11 to affordable and reliable energy solutions for this and other states; and 12 WHEREAS the state has joined with other states in asserting that the Clean Power 13 Plan is unlawful and, in comprehensive comments, has asked to be exempt; and 14 WHEREAS states must outline measures for meeting Clean Power Plan goals in state 15 plans that will be federally enforceable by the Environmental Protection Agency and through
01 citizen suits; and 02 WHEREAS the application of the goals of the Clean Power Plan to the state is 03 fundamentally flawed because the goals rely on interconnection with the North American 04 grid, to which the state is not connected; and 05 WHEREAS the Regulatory Commission of Alaska should be empowered to make 06 decisions with methodology based on the lowest production costs for electrical generation; 07 and 08 WHEREAS electric rate payers in the state are harmed by rate increases brought on 09 by universal federal regulations that are inappropriate for the state; and 10 WHEREAS the state would benefit from minimal electrical rate increases; and 11 WHEREAS utilities, communities, residents, and commercial entities should be 12 protected from any attempts to close a coal-fired power plant in the state; and 13 WHEREAS the state needs coal-fired power plants to ensure the reliability of the 14 electrical energy grid; and 15 WHEREAS the loss of other traditional electrical generation methods may cause 16 natural gas plants to be overused or used in ways that exceed their engineered design; and 17 WHEREAS renewable energy and energy efficiency measures have been 18 implemented at significant cost to the state, but will not be credited to the carbon goal of the 19 state; and 20 WHEREAS the Clean Power Plan will require the premature retirement of the Healy 21 Unit 1 coal plant, underutilization or premature retirement of the Healy Unit 2 coal plant, and 22 significant new investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency; and 23 WHEREAS fostering the development and preservation of reliable, affordable, and 24 environmentally safe electricity for communities, homes, and businesses in the state is an 25 essential state activity; and 26 WHEREAS the state is better able to deal with the issues described in this resolution 27 than the federal government; 28 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature urges the federal government to 29 exempt the state from the Clean Power Plan and empower the state government, which is 30 accountable to the people of the state, to regulate its own energy production and use in order 31 to protect access to affordable and reliable electrical generation for residents of the state.
01 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of 02 the United States; the Honorable Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Vice-President of the United States and 03 President of the U.S. Senate; the Honorable John Boehner, Speaker of the U.S. House of 04 Representatives; the Honorable Mitch McConnell, Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate; the 05 Honorable Orrin Hatch, President pro tempore of the U.S. Senate; the Honorable Gina 06 McCarthy, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; the Honorable Janet 07 McCabe, acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation, U.S. 08 Environmental Protection Agency; the Honorable Lisa Murkowski and the Honorable Dan 09 Sullivan, U.S. Senators, and the Honorable Don Young, U.S. Representative, members of the 10 Alaska delegation in Congress; and all other members of the 114th United States Congress.