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The Epoch Times: Bipartisan Energy Bill: Innovation Key to US Energy Superpower Status

by Alan McDonnell

The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly on Monday to take up the American Energy Innovation Act (AEIA)-a bipartisan bill that proponents say will comprehensively update the nation's energy regulations. According to the Department of Energy, the bill "will modernize domestic energy laws to ensure the United States remains a global energy leader while also strengthening national security, increasing our international competitiveness, and investing in clean energy technologies." The AEIA (pdf) was in… Continue Reading


S&P Global: US Senate panel again moves FERC nominee, amid debate over partisanship

by Maya Weber

The US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted 12-8 to support the nomination of James Danly to join the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, amid continued complaints from Democrats about the White House's failure to pair him with a nominee from the minority side. Advancing the nomination of Danly, who is currently FERC's general counsel, to become a commissioner, would help ensure a quorum needed for major decisions by the key energy market regulator. The five-member commission is… Continue Reading


SitNews: Governor, Senator, & Ketchikan Officials Address Coronavirus Contingencies & Prepardedness

by Mary Kauffman

On the state level, Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy submitted a supplemental budget amendment Monday to fund ten additional temporary positions within the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) preparedness and response. The governor's supplemental budget would provide the Alaska Division of Public Health with five new public health nurses, three nurse epidemiologists, one microbiologist in Fairbanks to assist with lab testing, and one emer… Continue Reading


KTVA: Murkowski says new energy bill will benefit Alaskans

by Jennifer Summers

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she will file the American Energy Innovation Act as a substitute amendment to United States Senate Bill 2657, a bill she introduced that lawmakers are debating this week. Murkowski says the package includes more than 50 energy-related bills and focuses on many areas that will benefit Alaskans including: Mineral security Energy storage Efficiency Cybersecurity Solar and wind Geothermal Marine energy and hydropower Advanced nuclear - through micro-reactor… Continue Reading


Trade Only Today: Sen. Lisa Murkowski visits University of Alaska maritime training center

Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski last month toured the University of Alaska Southeast Maritime Training Center, which has been training mariners for more than 30 years, in support of the maritime industry. The center is located on the water in Ketchikan and includes a welding lab, navigation simulator, and diesel and electronics labs. Murkowski expressed support for Alaska's maritime industry when she visited, thanking faculty members for providing "valuable training opportunities for Alaskans,"… Continue Reading


Washington Examiner: Biggest update to energy law in a decade heads to Senate with bipartisan support

by Abby Smith

Senators, including key Democrats such as Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, voted overwhelmingly on Monday to start debating what could be the most comprehensive update to U.S. energy law in more than a decade. Schumer, in remarks before the vote, said he would vote yes "as a show of good faith" after talks with the bill's sponsors, Senate Energy Committee Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski and West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell about a "fair amendment process. … Continue Reading


Daily Energy Insider: Sens. Manchin, Murkowski introduce American Energy Innovation Act

by Kevin Randolph

Sens. Manchin, Murkowski introduce American Energy Innovation Act U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) released on Feb. 27, the text of the American Energy Innovation Act (AEIA), a compilation of more than 50 energy-related measures individually reported by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (ENR) last year. AEIA, S. 2657, aims to ensure the United States remains a global energy leader, strengthens national security, increases U.S. international competitivenes… Continue Reading


WAVY: Senators call for more seasonal work visas to help seafood industry

Seven senators are asking the Department of Homeland Security to allow additional visas for temporary non-agricultural workers. The senators say the authorization is needed to help support seafood businesses in Virginia and states like Alaska, Maryland, and North Carolina. H-2B visas allow employers to temporarily hire non-immigrants to perform nonagricultural labor or services in the United States. Officials say the visas are critical to the survival of Virginia's seafood industry - particul… Continue Reading


PR Newswire: Protect Our Power Welcomes Federal Legislation To Safeguard Electric Grid from Attacks

The electric grid resilience organization Protect Our Power welcomed the planned introduction in Congress of energy legislation that includes provisions to better protect the U.S. electric grid against physical and cyber threats. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-AK, Chairwoman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, has released the text of The American Energy Innovation Act, co-authored with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-WV, Ranking Member of the Committee. The legislation includes provisions aimed … Continue Reading


E&E News: How 3 metals could drive the EV revolution

by Peter Behr

The acronym "NMC" may be the key to a global competition to push down the cost of lithium-ion batteries, and thus the key to the future of electric vehicles. The letters stand for compounds of nickel, manganese and cobalt, three elements that are vital ingredients in the most common of today's EV batteries. Combined into a complex lattice structure, they form the battery's positive electrode where lithium ions gather as the battery delivers its power. Today, scientists on three continents are … Continue Reading


Alaska Journal of Commerce: US Commerce Department allocates $35 million for Alaska fisheries disasters

by Elizabeth Earl

Fishermen affected by the 2018 Pacific cod and Chignik sockeye disasters will soon have access to about $35 million in relief funding. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross allocated about $65 million to fisheries disaster relief, about $35 million of which is for Alaska, according to a Feb. 27 announcement from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Within Alaska, about $24.4 million will go to the Pacific cod fishery disaster and about $10.3 million to the Chignik sockeye fishery. T… Continue Reading


Reuters: U.S. senators unveil bill to support renewable and nuclear power, efficiency

by Timothy Gardiner

The top two senators on the U.S. Senate energy committee unveiled a bipartisan energy legislation package on Thursday that would support renewable energy, efficiency measures and nuclear power, and aides said it should move quickly to a vote in the chamber. The American Energy Innovation Act compiles more than 50 bills that were considered by the Senate Energy Committee over the last year. Before becoming law, it would have to be passed by the Senate and House of Representatives and signed by P… Continue Reading


Global Mining Review: Senate energy package recognises importance of American mining

by Jessica Casey

The National Mining Association (NMA) has applauded the Senate's 'American Energy Innovation Act,' which includes important steps to address the nation's alarming mineral import reliance and to increase the nation's development and deployment of essential carbon capture technologies. "Mining has never been more important to energy needs," said Rich Nolan, NMA President and CEO. "From the fuels that provide the foundation for the nation's electricity grid, to the materials essential to future te… Continue Reading


International Business Times: Energy News: Murkowski, Manchin Join Forces To Modernize Energy Laws

by Marcy Kreiter

KEY POINTS The American Energy Innovation Act combines 50 bills handled by the Senate Eenrgy and National Resources Committee Environmental groups say the bill does not do enough to address carbon pollution The bill also address cyber- and grid security Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., on Thursday introduced a massive energy bill that seeks to modernize domestic energy laws and strengthen national security, focusing on new technology to make cars and trucks more … Continue Reading


Bloomberg: Senate to Take Up Bill Boosting Climate R&D, Avoid Regulations

by Ari Natter

Legislation that could be voted on by the U.S. Senate as soon as next week aims to boost energy storage technology as well as nuclear and renewable power -- but avoids more aggressive steps to fight climate change sought by Democrats. The bill, unveiled Thursday by Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski, represents the GOP's latest approach of promoting clean energy while steering clear of mandates to cut emissions of climate-warming gases or stop fossil fuel development … Continue Reading


The Hill: Murkowski, Manchin introduce major energy legislation

by Rebecca Beitsch and Rachel Frazin

Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) on Thursday introduced a long-awaited energy package that's shaping up to be the best chance this year for passing legislation to expand the use of cleaner forms of energy. The American Energy Innovation Act would touch nearly every aspect of the energy industry, incorporating more than 50 bills advanced by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) took steps Thursday to bring the … Continue Reading


Ketchikan Daily News: Murkowski speaks on impeachment

by Sam Stockbridge

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski spoke with the Daily News on Thursday in Ketchikan about her pivotal role in last month's Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, calling it "a pretty ugly time in Washington." Murkowski voted against calling new witnesses for the Senate trial and eventually voted to acquit President Trump on both articles of impeachment, though speaking on the Senate floor on Feb. 3 Murkowski called the president's behavior "shameful and wrong." The Senate voted against he… Continue Reading


KRBD: As nature of war changes, Murkowski suggests revisiting 2001 military authorization

by Eric Stone

Sen. Lisa Murkowski visited Ketchikan on Friday, where she met with local officials, tribal leaders and business groups to discuss federal issues affecting the region. Afterwards, she sat down with KRBD to talk about her worries about growing unchecked presidential power in Washington. Murkowski made national headlines after she broke with Republican colleagues on a mid-February vote to limit the president's power to strike Iran. But without a veto-proof two-thirds majority, the resolution will… Continue Reading


Ketchikan Daily News: Murkowski talks AMHS

by Sam Stockbridge

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, discussed the Alaska Marine Highway System and an assortment of other issues with the Daily News on Thursday during her two-day visit to Ketchikan. Murkowski has been on a visit to Alaska over the past week, stopping in Anchorage, Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan. In Southeast Alaska communities, she said she expected to hear from residents about the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump in the Senate, or the ongoing U.S. Forest Service consideration of a … Continue Reading


KCAW: Murkowski circles up with Pacific High students

by Catherine Rose

US Senator Lisa Murkowski took time during the congressional recess to make a swing through Sitka this week. She did all the expected things, like addressing the Chamber of Commerce and meeting with community leaders to discuss funding priorities. And the senator did one unexpected thing: She spent the afternoon in a talking circle with just over a dozen students at Pacific High School- where one of the most influential voices in Washington had to wait her turn. Pacific High students start and… Continue Reading

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