CSHJR 25(ENE) am: Urging the United States Congress to classify hydroelectric power as a renewable and alternative energy source.

00 CS FOR HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 25(ENE) am 01 Urging the United States Congress to classify hydroelectric power as a renewable and 02 alternative energy source. 03 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 WHEREAS fossil fuels such as oil, natural gas, and coal are important sources of 05 energy for the electric power supply system of the United States; and 06 WHEREAS the cost of most fossil fuels, particularly oil, has increased dramatically 07 in recent years; and 08 WHEREAS increases in the cost of fossil fuels such as oil have caused, and continue 09 to cause, substantial increases in the electric bills of residential, business, and governmental 10 rate-payers at a time when the economy of the United States is in a major recession; and 11 WHEREAS the United States is dependent on foreign sources for a majority of its oil 12 supply; and 13 WHEREAS oil and other fossil fuels are finite resources that contribute to growing 14 worldwide concerns over carbon and other environmental effects; and 15 WHEREAS Alaskans, particularly those in rural parts of the state, are dependent on 16 oil-fired electric generation with retail rates as high as $1 a kilowatt-hour; and

01 WHEREAS hydroelectric power is a viable source of clean, renewable, and long- 02 lasting electric energy in many areas of the state; and 03 WHEREAS hydroelectric energy can be developed in Alaska using high-elevation 04 lakes and run-of-the-river systems that have few or no negative environmental effects; and 05 WHEREAS it is the policy of the state to encourage development of its abundant 06 hydroelectric potential and wind, geothermal, and other renewable and alternative energy 07 sources to reduce dependence on fossil fuels for electric power generation and to reduce the 08 cost of electricity to rate payers; and 09 WHEREAS some federal laws and federal renewable and alternative energy 10 programs do not classify hydroelectric power as a renewable or alternative energy source; and 11 WHEREAS regions of the United States outside of Alaska have limited water 12 supplies or water shortages that could lead to classifying hydroelectric power as 13 nonrenewable, but many areas of Alaska have ample water supplies that are capable of 14 providing a renewable energy source for hydroelectric projects in the state; 15 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature urges the United States 16 Congress to take the necessary action to classify hydroelectric power as a renewable and 17 alternative energy source so that the state can participate in federal programs without 18 restriction to facilitate development of the state's hydroelectric resources for the benefit of its 19 residents. 20 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of 21 the United States; the Honorable Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Vice-President of the United States and 22 President of the U.S. Senate; the Honorable Harry Reid, Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate; 23 the Honorable Mitch McConnell, Minority Leader of the U.S. Senate; the Honorable Nancy 24 Pelosi, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives; and the Honorable Lisa Murkowski and 25 the Honorable Mark Begich, U.S. Senators, and the Honorable Don Young, U.S. 26 Representative, members of the Alaska delegation in Congress.