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08.17.21

Senator Murkowski Hosts Secretary of Energy in Alaska

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) recently hosted U.S. Secretary of Energy, Jennifer Granholm, in Alaska for a visit focused on the state's immense energy potential including a number of cutting-edge, Alaska driven initiatives. Senator Murkowski helped educate Secretary Granholm on an array of renewable energy projects within the state, including hydropower, wind energy, geothermal energy, and energy efficiency. "Alaska is leading the way when it comes to responsible energy development. The be… Continue Reading


08.03.21

Alaska Delegation & Governor Criticize Biden Interior Department for Stalling ANWR

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, Congressman Don Young, and Governor Mike Dunleavy (all R-Alaska) issued the following statements criticizing today's announcement by the U.S. Department of Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) that the agency is initiating the supplemental environmental impact statement (EIS) process for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) Coastal Plain Oil and Gas Leasing Program. This comes on the heels of the Interior Department suspending all oil an… Continue Reading


06.28.21

Cantwell, Murkowski Introduce Bill to Incentivize Hydropower Upgrades, Restore River Flow

Last week, U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced Senate Bill 2306, the Maintaining and Enhancing Hydroelectric and River Restoration Act of 2021, that would create new federal tax incentives to encourage safety, environmental, and grid resiliency upgrades for hydropower dams. This will help ensure that existing hydroelectric facilities are able to continue to provide emissions-free, affordable electricity to millions of Pacific Northwest ratepayers. The bill wo… Continue Reading


06.03.21

Launch Alaska Awarded $1 Million DOE Grant to Strengthen Energy Innovation Ecosystems

Today, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) announced that Launch Alaska Transportation and Energy Accelerator (LATEA) was selected to receive $1 million in new funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Program for Innovation Clusters (EPIC) to support startups and promising energy technologies in Alaska. The grant will help drive long term innovation and stimulate new business in Alaska. The partners LATEA brought together for this award include: DOE's Arctic Energy Office, the Cent… Continue Reading


05.19.21

Murkowski Urges Interior Department to Swiftly Fulfill Promise to Alaska Native Vietnam Veterans

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) issued the following statement after the Interior Department announced next steps in the implementation of the Alaska Native Vietnam-era Veterans Land Allotment Program-which includes government-to-government consultations with federally recognized Alaska Tribes and Alaska Native Corporations over what Interior cited as "defects" in the decision-making process to open the lands. "I disagree with the characterization that there were "defects" or a lack… Continue Reading


04.29.21

Murkowski Introduces Bill to Protect America’s Electric Grid

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)-with colleagues Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), James Risch (R-ID), Angus King (I-ME), and Jacky Rosen (D-NV)-reintroduced S. 1400, the Protecting Resources On The Electric grid with Cybersecurity Technology (PROTECT) Act, which enhances electric grid security by incentivizing electric utilities to make cybersecurity investments. The bill also establishes a Department of Energy (DOE) grant and technical assistance program to deploy advanced cybersecurity technolog… Continue Reading


04.23.21

Murkowski Announces Strategic Energy and Minerals Initiative

In a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) announced her legislative efforts to enable U.S. companies to better compete in global markets by promoting the responsible, domestic production of oil, gas, and minerals. The Strategic Energy and Minerals Initiative (SEMI) Act will position the United States to compete in global energy and critical mineral markets by supporting an all-of-the-above energy strategy, pushing back against multilateral development banks restricting … Continue Reading


04.21.21

Alaska Communities Selected for Clean Energy Solutions Pilot Project

Today U.S. Senator Murkowski (R-AK) announced the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is partnering with four Alaskan communities to help address high energy costs and vulnerable energy infrastructure by transitioning to clean energy solutions. The communities of Dillingham, Ouzinkie, Wainwright, Sitka, as well as Sitka's Alaska Longline Fisherman's Association were chosen by DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy as part of the Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Project (ETIP… Continue Reading


03.19.21

Bipartisan group introduces nation’s first comprehensive CO2 infrastructure bill

Infrastructure to support carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology remains underdeveloped in the United States, leaving the country behind in the adoption of a crucial tool in the fight against climate change. To address this issue, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) joined Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-La.) and U.S. Representatives Marc Veasey (D-Texas) and David McKinley (R-W.Va.) in introducing the Storing CO2 And Lowering Emissions (SCALE) Act. The landmark b… Continue Reading


02.26.21

Murkowski Questions Interior Secretary Nominee Haaland on Alaska Priorities

This week, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) took part in a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing-the first of two- to consider the nomination of U.S. Representative Debra Haaland to serve as Secretary of the Interior. Click here for video of Senator Murkowski. During the hearing, Senator Murkowski acknowledged the significance of Representative Haaland being the first Native American Cabinet secretary nominee. Senator Murkowski went on to discuss public lands in Alaska and… Continue Reading


01.29.21

Murkowski Questions DOE Secretary Nominee on Arctic Energy, Resource Jobs, Cybersecurity, Critical Minerals

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, took part in a U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing to consider the nomination of Jennifer M. Granholm, the former Governor of Michigan, to be the Secretary of Energy. Murkowski opened the hearing by asking Governor Granholm for a commitment to advance energy security in the Arctic. Last year, Senator Murkowski secured funding to revive the Arctic Energy Office, which plays an essential role in supporting research and development for mic… Continue Reading


01.28.21

Delegation Denounces Executive Order to Stop Oil and Gas Leasing on Federal Lands

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and U.S. Congressman Don Young, all R-Alaska, issued the following statements after President Joe Biden signed an Executive Order directing the Secretary of the Interior to not issue any new oil or natural gas leases on public lands and offshore waters, as well as requiring the Department to evaluate all existing leasing and permitting practices. In Fiscal Year 2019, the oil and gas industry supported $3.1 billion in state and local revenue, 77,600 di… Continue Reading


01.20.21

Delegation Applauds Issuance of Leases for Coastal Plain Oil & Gas Program

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and U.S. Congressman Don Young, all R-Alaska, issued the following statements after the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced the signing and issuing of leases on nine of the tracts that received qualifying bids from the first lease sale for lands in the non-wilderness Coastal Plain (1002 Area) of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). Results of the January 6 lease sale are available on BLM's website. "The Alaska Delegation has been fighting… Continue Reading


01.04.21

Delegation Welcomes New NPR-A Integrated Activity Plan

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Congressman Don Young, all R-Alaska, today issued the following statements after the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced the release of an updated Integrated Activity Plan (IAP) for the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A). "This is more good news for Alaskans as we chart a path to economic recovery and long-term prosperity for our state. This robust plan recognizes the purposes of the NPR-A and will restore reasonable access to one of … Continue Reading


01.03.21

Chairman Murkowski Leads ENR to Another Productive Congress

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today reflected on the work and accomplishments of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (ENR) over the past two years. The committee's accomplishments in the 116th Congress (2019-2020) include a sweeping public lands and natural resources package, the first major energy legislation to be enacted in 13 years, the confirmation of every considered nominee, and the passage of many individual measures by unanimous consent and as part of broader measure… Continue Reading


12.28.20

Year-End Omnibus Appropriations Package Signed Into Law

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) applauded a year-end omnibus bill being signed into law, which includes a 12-bill appropriations package to fund the government through the end of Fiscal Year 2021, including Senator Murkowski's Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies appropriations bill. This historic funding package also provides nearly $900 billion for COVID-19 relief; Senator Murkowski's bipartisan, bicameral Energy Act of 2020; a bipartisan compromise to address the issue of Surprise M… Continue Reading


12.22.20

Critical Year-End Bill Package Passes U.S. Senate

Today, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) applauded Senate passage of a year-end omnibus bill, which includes 12 appropriations bills to fund the government through the end of Fiscal Year 2021, among which is Senator Murkowski's Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies appropriations bill. This historic funding package also includes a nearly $900 billion COVID-19 relief package; Senator Murkowski's bipartisan, bicameral Energy Act of 2020; a bipartisan compromise to address the issue of Surpr… Continue Reading


12.21.20

Murkowski, Manchin, House Colleagues Reach Agreement on Energy Package for Year-End Appropriations Bill

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., today announced that their bipartisan, bicameral Energy Act of 2020 has been included as Division Z of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, must-pass legislation that will be considered in the House and Senate starting today. The Energy Act features consensus provisions from the Senate's American Energy Innovation Act (S. 2657) and the House's Clean Economy Innovation and Jobs Act (H.R. 4447). It stands to become the first c… Continue Reading


12.17.20

National Landslide Preparedness Act Heads to President’s Desk

The Senate yesterday passed bipartisan, bicameral legislation to help communities prepare for and respond to landslides and other natural hazards, sending it to the President's desk for signature. The Senate first passed S. 529, the National Landslide Preparedness Act, in July, and yesterday unanimously passed a modified version of the bill as H.R. 8810, which the House of Representatives passed and sent to the Senate last week. Sens. Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., along with… Continue Reading


12.02.20

Murkowski Welcomes EPA Grant to Alaska to Improve Air Quality

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) applauded news that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $14.7 million to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation to help improve air quality in Fairbanks. A portion of the Fairbanks North Star Borough is currently designated as a PM2.5 non-attainment area, with wood stoves serving as a major contributor to non-attainment. The funding, which is part of the EPA's Targeted Airshed grant program, will be used to continue a wood stove c… Continue Reading

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