AK House Majority
The 26th Alaska State Legislature, 2009 - 2010  
Sponsor Statement: House Joint Resolution 25

Hydroelectric Power; Renewable Energy

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Rep. Bill Thomas R-5
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Rep. Bill Thomas (R-5)
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Urging the United States Congress to classify hydroelectric power as a renewable and alternative energy source.

Posted: March 23, 2009
Bill Version: CSHJR 25(ENE) AM
Status: Legis Resolve 27 : 2009-07-22

One of the most readily available sources of renewable energy in Alaska is hydroelectric power. Alaska has a vast amount of high elevation lakes and run-of-the-river systems which have the potential, in many areas, to completely displace diesel generated power with little to no environmental impact. Hydroelectric power is so abundant in Alaska that most areas of the state can make use of it in some form or another.

With such a plentiful source of non-diesel generated power, it is unfortunate that the Federal Government does not have a working definition of renewable or alternative that includes hydroelectric power. This effectively cuts hydroelectric power projects off from many potential sources of federal funding, and therefore, hinders Alaska's efforts to displace diesel generated power.

HJR 25 asks Congress to develop a working definition of renewable and alternative which includes hydropower so that reliable renewable energy policy can be developed, and valuable projects receive adequate support.

I urge your support of HJR 25.

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2009-04-13 : [AUDIO] Rep. Thomas Discusses Why Classifying Alaska's Hydro Power Projects as Renewable Would Open Many Sources of Federal Funding
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