House passes energy task force measure

Posted: Monday, April 02, 2001

JUNEAU (AP) -- The House on Monday approved a measure that would set up a 15-member energy plan task force.

The group's charge would be to come up with a plan to address the state's short-term and long-term energy needs. Minority Leader Ethan Berkowitz, D-Anchorage, said he sponsored the bill because the state needs an inventory of its needs and its resources to make sure it's using them efficiently.

Berkowitz said other groups have looked at parts of the picture, such as energy needs in rural Alaska, but nobody's put together a statewide strategy.

The resolution passed 33-2, with Reps. Pete Kott, R-Eagle River, and John Coghill, R-North Pole, voting against it. Kott gave notice he may bring the measure up for reconsideration on Tuesday.

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