HJR 18: Urging the Alaska delegation in Congress to implement a renewable energy testing program in the state; supporting the development and testing of renewable energy resources in the state; and encouraging entrepreneurs to develop renewable energy projects in the state.
00 HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 18 01 Urging the Alaska delegation in Congress to implement a renewable energy testing 02 program in the state; supporting the development and testing of renewable energy 03 resources in the state; and encouraging entrepreneurs to develop renewable energy 04 projects in the state. 05 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 06 WHEREAS, to achieve economic security and satisfy the continuous rise in demand 07 for energy, the United States must reduce its long-term dependence on nonrenewable energy 08 sources; and 09 WHEREAS the future of the economy of the United States is dependent on access to 10 cheap, clean energy resources; and 11 WHEREAS the economic value of a renewable energy industry is enormous; and 12 WHEREAS employment in renewable energy is exponentially increasing while other 13 energy industries are struggling; and 14 WHEREAS the renewable energy industry provides employment opportunities, 15 including employment opportunities in manufacturing, installation, operation, maintenance,
01 research and development, construction, and transport; and 02 WHEREAS the state has vast renewable energy potential from resources that include 03 wind, hydro energy, biomass, tidal energy, solar power, geothermal energy, and biofuels; and 04 WHEREAS the state suffers from high energy costs, particularly in communities that 05 are not on the road system and where costs are among the highest in the nation; and 06 WHEREAS, along with the highest energy prices, the state also has the greatest 07 variety and abundance of renewable energy resources in the country; and 08 WHEREAS investing in renewable energy development in the state would result in 09 technology that has been demonstrated to function in the most extreme environments in the 10 nation; and 11 WHEREAS the high cost of diesel electrical generation in rural areas of the state 12 creates an opportunity for renewable energy projects that may not be economically viable 13 elsewhere; and 14 WHEREAS the state has hundreds of isolated, remote microgrids that provide a 15 unique opportunity to test integration of renewable and nonrenewable generation resources; 16 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature supports the development and 17 testing of renewable energy resources in the state to ensure the energy independence and 18 security of the nation; and be it 19 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature calls on the state's 20 Congressional delegation to recognize the state as the most suitable region for the testing and 21 development of renewable energy in the nation and to direct resources to the state for these 22 purposes; and be it 23 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature recognizes that the state 24 has the opportunity to become a leader in renewable energy development and that renewable 25 energy development could bring new revenue streams to the economy of the state; and be it 26 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature recognizes that the state 27 has the opportunity to become a viable renewable energy development center that has the 28 potential to export cutting edge technology around the world; and be it 29 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature supports economic 30 development through innovation in renewable energy resources in the state and encourages 31 entrepreneurs to develop renewable energy projects in the state.
01 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Lisa Murkowski and the 02 Honorable Dan Sullivan, U.S. Senators, and the Honorable Don Young, U.S. Representative, 03 members of the Alaska delegation in Congress.