Legislature(2021 - 2022)BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)

04/30/2021 01:30 PM LABOR & COMMERCE

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Moved SB 76 Out of Committee
-- Invited & Public Testimony --
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled: TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSSB 17(CRA) Out of Committee
-- Testimony <Invitation Only> --
Heard & Held
-- Invited & Public Testimony --
**Streamed live on AKL.tv**
         SB  17-ENERGY EFFICIENCY & POLICY: PUB. BLDGS                                                                      
1:30:12 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  COSTELLO announced  the consideration  of SENATE  BILL NO.                                                               
17,  "An  Act relating  to  the  retrofitting of  certain  public                                                               
facilities and community facilities;  relating to the performance                                                               
of energy  audits on schools  and community  facilities; relating                                                               
to  the duties  of the  Alaska  Energy Authority  and the  Alaska                                                               
Housing Finance  Corporation; creating a rapid  economic recovery                                                               
office   in  the   Alaska  Industrial   Development  and   Export                                                               
Authority; and  relating to  the state  energy policy  and energy                                                               
source reporting by state agencies."                                                                                            
[CSSB 17(CRA) was before the committee.]                                                                                        
1:31:31 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  TOM BEGICH,  Alaska State  Legislature, Juneau,  Alaska,                                                               
sponsor of  SB 17 recapped  for the  committee that the  bill has                                                               
two primary components. It expands  an existing state program for                                                               
retrofitting public  buildings 10,000  square feet and  larger to                                                               
include 5,000 square feet and  larger public school buildings and                                                               
community  facilities   that  may   be  subject  to   power  cost                                                               
equalization  (PCE)).  Second,  the  bill  revises  policies  and                                                               
establishes  goals to  obtain 50  percent of  the state's  energy                                                               
needs from renewable energy by  2025. He noted that the committee                                                               
considered a Governor's bill that  creates an energy independence                                                               
investment fund and  expressed hope that elements of  SB 17 would                                                               
be added  to that bill. He  advised that an expert  was available                                                               
online to  talk about  the $40 million  the existing  program had                                                               
saved the state in the last decade.                                                                                             
CHAIR  COSTELLO   asked  members   if  they  had   questions  for                                                               
Christopher  Hodgin from  the  Department  of Transportation  and                                                               
Public  Facilities   (DOTPF),  the  department  that   will  help                                                               
facility owners pay  for the audits. She asked the  sponsor if he                                                               
was aware of any opposition to the legislation.                                                                                 
SENATOR BEGICH answered that he was not aware of any opposition.                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO  asked  Mr.  Hodgin  whether  the  administration                                                               
supported or had comments on SB 17.                                                                                             
1:34:37 PM                                                                                                                    
 CHRISTOPHER  HODGIN, Energy  Program  Manager, Statewide  Public                                                               
Facilities,   Division  of   Facility  Services,   Department  of                                                               
Transportation  & Public  Facilities, Anchorage,  Alaska, offered                                                               
his understanding that the  administration supported the concepts                                                               
in SB 17.                                                                                                                       
1:35:00 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
1:35:41 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR COSTELLO reconvened  the meeting and solicited  the will of                                                               
the committee.                                                                                                                  
1:35:46 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  GRAY-JACKSON moved  to report  the committee  substitute                                                               
for  SB   17,  work  order   32-LS0187\B,  from   committee  with                                                               
individual recommendations and attached fiscal note(s).                                                                         
CHAIR COSTELLO found  no objection and CSSB  15(CRA) was reported                                                               
from the Senate Labor and Commerce Standing Committee.                                                                          

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SB 76 Letters of Support Received by 2021.04.20.pdf SL&C 4/30/2021 1:30:00 PM
SB 76