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FERC Proposal Would Roll Back Land Use Fee Hikes for Alaska Hydropower Projects on...
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today welcomed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) proposal of a new method to calculate annual charges for hydropower projects on federal lands in Alaska. FERC is seeking comment on the use of a statewide average per-acre land value rather than a regional per-acre land value, which would reduce recent land use fee increases and help lower the cost of future projects.
Indian Country and Insular Territories in Desperate Need of Infrastructure Updates
The Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs held an oversight hearing exploring ways to improve infrastructure in tribal and insular communities.
Murkowski, Sullivan Introduce Four Alaska Energy, Lands Bills
Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both R-Alaska, this week introduced four Alaska-focused bills. The bills would expand the use of clean, renewable hydropower to generate affordable electricity for Alaska communities, reroute a portion of a proposed gasline in Denali National Park and Preserve, and rename an existing wilderness area in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve
House Passes Water Resource Development Bill
Alaska Congressman Don Young and the U.S. House of Representatives today passed H.R. 5303, the Water Resource Development Act (WRDA) of 2016, bipartisan legislation to promote economic competitiveness and strengthen the nation’s water transportation and infrastructure needs – including harbors and ports in coastal states like Alaska
Congressman Young Appointed to Represent House on Energy Conference Committee
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) appointed Alaska Congressman Don Young to serve on a conference committee charged with producing final energy and natural resources legislation between the House and Senate. Young’s appointment comes following House-passage of its own version of the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016, which includes H.R 8, the North American Energy and Security and Infrastructure Act, and numerous other House-passed bills relating to energy, natural resources and public lands.
Murkowski Secures Funding for Water Projects and Energy Innovation
The U.S. Senate passed the first funding bill of the year, the FY17 Energy and Water Appropriations bill in a vote of 90-8. This is the first time since 2009 the U.S. Senate has passed this appropriations measure on the floor as a standalone bill under regular order. The measure will fund U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) programs and critical infrastructure projects administered by the Army Corps of Engineers.
Sen. Murkowski Announces Participants in Phase Two of Remote Alaska Communities Energy Efficiency Competition
Alaska, today announced the 13 rural communities selected for targeted technical assistance funding as part of the next phase of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Remote Alaska Communities Energy Efficiency (RACEE) competition.
Energy Department Announces Technical Assistance for Self-Sufficiency and Lower Energy Costs for Rural Alaska...
At the Rural Energy Conference in Fairbanks, AK, today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced 13 recipients of Remote Alaska Communities Energy Efficiency (RACEE) technical assistance, and released its “Sustainable Energy Solutions for Rural Alaska” report.
Senate Unanimously Approves Murkowski’s Major Lands and Water Package for Energy Bill
On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved two amendments offered by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) to her broad, bipartisan energy bill. The first, to provide needed flexibility to the Alaska gasline project, passed the Senate by voice vote. The second, to add a resources title composed of 30 lands and water bills to the underlying bill, later passed by a roll call vote of 97 to 0.
Sens. Murkowski, Cantwell to Hold Press Conference Following Vote on Bipartisan Energy Bill
U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., will hold a press conference following the Senate’s vote on S. 2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act. The press conference will begin at 10:30 a.m. EST on Wednesday, April 20 in the Senate Radio and TV Press Gallery.
Hughes’ HB8 will reduce financial exploitation and protect Alaskans
The Alaska Legislature acted to improve the state’s power of attorney’s law to better serve our pioneers, elders and combat fraud. House Bill 8 by Representative Shelley Hughes is in response to the problems caused in our current laws that hinder reasonable elder care powers of attorney (POA,) like allowing parties to be separated by state lines, among others. The measure carries a number of statute changes to better serve Alaskans by better defining state law and improving the statutory POA form
House Passes Bill to Address Rural Clean Water
Rural Alaska’s widespread lack of modern and robust water and sewer infrastructure stands to get a thorough review following the Alaska House’s passage of a bill by Rep. Neal Foster to create an advisory committee to study the best ways to improve conditions.
House Votes to Protect Constitutional Balance of Power
The Alaska House of Representatives today voted to close a loophole in the process for accepting additional funds for items in the budget when the legislature is not in session, protecting Alaska’s constitutional balance of powers
Murkowski Slams Interior for Wasting Time, Money on King Cove Study
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today criticized the Department of the Interior for wasting more than $100,000 on a study of “non-road alternatives” that will not adequately provide emergency medical transportation for the residents of King Cove, Alaska. Murkowski posted the study after Interior, despite a recent public commitment from Secretary Sally Jewell, only provided it to a small handful of King Cove officials.