I'm at the Business of Clean Energy in Alaska conference at the Denaina Center.
Lisa Murkowski just spoke following welcome comments from Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell and Renewable Energy Alaska Project executive director.
She began by saying the key is to both more energy production and reduction of energy use. There are more than 27,000 homes that need weatherization upgrades and sorry that this wasn't funded again. Better in helping homeowners affording jumps in energy prices. Live heat did relatively well in the budget. The debate going ahead in Congress will be with critical eye to the budget, it will be tough for us here in the state. Whether weatherization, live heat or federal money to advance our clean energy technologies. We need to be independent to futher build out our renewable energy technologies. It's not a shortage of resources. Was in Chevak and Hooper Bay to see the wind turbines beginning to offset those energy prices - not there yet, but will be. We have best hydro electric potential in the nation. Already 28 projects in state which provide about 24% of our energy. Ocean potential. These could potentially produce 3 times more than we currently consume. We have 33,000 miles of coastline. We need to learn to tie into it. No shortage of resources, but turning them into energy. We've seen CIRI's frustration with getting energy companies to sign on on Fire Island. Red tape by NEPA for Naknek projects.
Three hydro bills - last one calls all environmentally acceptable?? projects as renewable energy.
We're onto the first panel now.