A former CEO of Golden Valley Electric will take over the job of coming up with an energy strategy for the state and coordinating energy projects. Governor Palin today named Steve Haagenson as director of the Alaska Energy Authority. In appointing him, Palin said the state has had energy planning documents and studies gathering dust for decades. And Haagenson’s job is to pull it all together to provide reliable affordable energy for Alaskans. Haagenson says he isn’t interested in more long-term plans. Instead, he said his first task is to identify resources and technology that can quickly help reduce the public’s energy costs.
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau