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07.16.19

Energy Committee Advances 22 Bills

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today held a business meeting to consider and report 22 energy-related measures to the full Senate. Chairman Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, thanked her colleagues for their bipartisan efforts to develop these measures and outlined the important work ahead on the Senate floor. "I'm excited to be moving legislation related to nuclear energy, mineral security, energy efficiency, and carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration out of committee," Murko… Continue Reading


06.27.19

Murkowski: It’s Time to End the Nuclear Waste Stalemate

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired a hearing of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee to examine options for the interim and long-term storage of nuclear waste. The committee also received testimony on S. 1234, the Nuclear Waste Administration Act (NWAA), which was introduced in late April by Murkowski, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. Murkowski opened the hearing by speaking to the importance of nuclear energy in our country's electric gene… Continue Reading


06.26.19

Delegation, Governor Welcome Lifting of PLOs to Restore Balanced Land Use in Alaska

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, Rep. Don Young, and Gov. Michael J. Dunleavy, all R-Alaska, today released the following statement after the Department of the Interior issued new Public Land Orders (PLO) partially revoking a number of PLOs put in place in eastern interior Alaska in 1972. The Department also announced today it would partially revoke PLOs in place in the Bering Glacier area. Joe Balash, the Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management at the Department of the Int… Continue Reading


06.25.19

Murkowski: LWCF Can Do More for Conservation and Outdoor Recreation

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired a hearing of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee to review the implementation of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) program. In her opening remarks, Murkowski noted that her 2019 lands package - the John D. Dingell Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act - contained a provision to permanently authorize LWCF's collection and deposit functions and ensure that at least 40 percent of appropriated funding goes to the state-side p… Continue Reading


06.20.19

Murkowski Comments on New GAO Report on LWCF

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today issued the following statement after the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new report on the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). "This report provides good information about how federal land management agencies have implemented a variety of programs supported by LWCF appropriations," Murkowski said. "Now that Congress has permanently authorized the deposit provisions of the LWCF, it is time to examine the program and the role it … Continue Reading


06.20.19

Murkowski: Geothermal Brings the Heat for America’s Energy Future

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired a hearing of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee to examine opportunities and challenges for advanced geothermal energy development in the United States. Murkowski opened by highlighting the capabilities of geothermal energy. "Whether it is used for heating our homes or keeping the lights on, geothermal provides clean and always-on energy that requires no external backup," Murkowski said. "We often hear about concerns with wind when it s… Continue Reading


06.18.19

Murkowski, Manchin Issue Statement on PROMESA Nominees

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today released the following statement after President Trump formally nominated seven individuals to serve on the Financial Oversight and Management Board (FOMB) for Puerto Rico. All seven currently serve on the Board, but are subject to Senate confirmation in the wake of a recent court decision. "We appreciate the President's decision to nominate … Continue Reading


06.18.19

Murkowski: Maintenance Backlog Requires Comprehensive Fix

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired a hearing of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee to examine deferred maintenance needs and potential solutions on federal lands administered by the three major land management agencies within the Department of the Interior-the National Park Service (NPS), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and the U.S. Fish and Wildfire Service (FWS)-as well as the USDA Forest Service (FS). Murkowski opened by acknowledging the magnitude of deferred mai… Continue Reading


06.14.19

Murkowski Welcomes Forest Service’s Efforts to Update NEPA Regulations

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today issued the following statement after the USDA Forest Service announced a proposed rule to update and modernize its National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations. "I support the Forest Service's efforts to streamline their environmental analysis and decision-making process," Murkowski said. "The agency has long struggled to clear its permit backlog for recreation and critical infrastructure, and is facing an urgent need to repair trails, campgroun… Continue Reading


06.14.19

Murkowski, Manchin, and Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Increase Efficiency in Federal Buildings

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., yesterday introduced bipartisan legislation to formally authorize the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) and establish energy and water usage reduction goals for federal buildings. S. 1857, the Federal Energy and Water Management Performance Act of 2019, is cosponsored by Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., Cory Gardner, R-Colo., and Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii. "Increasing energy efficiency is an idea we should all … Continue Reading


06.13.19

Murkowski: Collaboration and Active Management Key to Mitigating Fire Risk

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired a hearing of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee to examine the outlook for the 2019 wildfire season and the nation's fire management programs. Murkowski opened the hearing by emphasizing that our forests and grasslands are increasingly susceptible to fire, which the National Interagency Fire Center expects to continue through this season. She listed some of the largest fires currently burning across the nation, including in Alaska, and d… Continue Reading


06.11.19

Murkowski Applauds Rural Energy Storage Project

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, released the following statement celebrating Cordova's new battery energy storage system, and the hard work that made the system possible. "Energy storage systems like this are key to our clean energy future. I was pleased to be in Cordova, joined by innovators from both Alaska and the Department of Energy, for this ribbon-cutting ceremony," Murkowski said. "It's great to see this project become a reality, and I commend Cordova's dedication to meeting its ene… Continue Reading


06.10.19

Murkowski Welcomes Updated EPA Section 401 Guidance

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today issued the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released updated guidance for Section 401 of the Clean Water Act to clarify and improve the water quality certification process. "I welcome this announcement and hope EPA's new guidance will reduce abuse of the Clean Water Act to block infrastructure needed to provide reliable and affordable energy," Murkowski said. "EPA's updated guidance will maintain vital protections for … Continue Reading


06.06.19

Murkowski Welcomes New Hires and Summer Interns to Committee Staff

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today announced that Spencer Nelson has joined her Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee staff and that Abigail Hemenway has joined the committee's non-designated staff. She also welcomed four summer interns who are assisting the committee with various projects this summer - Lauren Eckl, Kaiwi Eisenhour, Alexander Jackstadt, and Nathan Solorio - and noted her appreciation for the time Samuel Burgess spent interning during the month of May. "I am very … Continue Reading


06.05.19

Murkowski Welcomes FERC Approval of Alaskan Marine Renewable Energy Project

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today announced the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved the final installation and operation of a river marine renewable energy (MRE) project in Igiugig, Alaska, under a pilot permit. "I am so pleased this project will be able to move forward, reducing local diesel consumption and energy prices," Murkowski said. "Igiugig's efforts are blazing a trail for marine renewable energy and microgrid solutions around the world - when we prove thes… Continue Reading


06.05.19

Committee Reviews Nominee for Fish and Wildlife and Parks

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired a hearing of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee to consider the nomination of Robert Wallace to be Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks at the Department of the Interior. This position oversees both the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service. Murkowski opened the hearing with a brief tribute to two Park Service employees who were tragically killed in a plane crash near Whitehorse, Canada last week whi… Continue Reading


06.04.19

Murkowski: Energy Storage is Key to a Cleaner, More Resilient and Affordable Grid

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired a hearing of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee to examine opportunities for the expanded deployment of grid-scale energy storage. Murkowski opened by referencing the many hearings the committee has held this year focused on promoting innovation and clean energy technologies, including the policies needed to lower costs and increase deployment. "We need to come together on practical and effective solutions that will reduce our greenhous… Continue Reading


06.04.19

Murkowski Commends Commitment to Alaska LNG Project

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today released the following statement after the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) announced a funding agreement to help complete the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) permitting process for the Alaska LNG project. "This is a welcome announcement and an important step for the Alaska LNG project, as they can now have confidence they have the resources to complete the FERC process," Murkowski said. "I appreciate this commitment and urge al… Continue Reading


05.31.19

Murkowski Leads Congressional Delegation Arctic-Focused Trip

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) this week led a congressional delegation to locations across the Arctic and North Atlantic to develop a better understanding of the region, further the United States' relationship with the other Arctic nations, and visit American troops in the Far North. As part of the trip, the delegation focused extensively on energy technologies and climate research activities. Joining Senator Murkowski, chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, were committee Ra… Continue Reading


05.21.19

Murkowski: Renewables, Efficiency Offer Real Opportunity

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired a hearing of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee to examine opportunities to advance renewable energy and energy efficiency efforts in the United States. Murkowski opened the hearing by acknowledging the significant progress made in both sectors in recent years. "Many renewables are now cost competitive without subsidies in certain parts of the country, and that's leading to greater investment. In 2018, U.S. corporations broke previous r… Continue Reading

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