Murkowski’s Bethel hearing to feature U.S. Energy Secretary

U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz will be visiting Bethel, Alaska on Feb. 15, 2015. Photo courtesy of the Department of Energy.
U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz will visit Bethel on Feb. 15, 2015. (Photo Courtesy of the Department of Energy)

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U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will join a host of state and federal officials in Bethel on Monday to talk rural energy needs.

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski is holding a field hearing of the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, which she chairs. The hearing will focus on alternative energy projects throughout Alaska – as well as the continuing challenge of high rural energy costs.

Murkowski will be joined by the committee’s ranking Democrat, Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington, as well as Sens. John Barrasso (R-WY), Steve Daines (R-MT), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Angus King (R-ME).

Gov. Bill Walker and Bethel Rep. Bob Herron are also scheduled to testify.

Murkowski and Cantwell introduced an energy modernization bill in the Senate last month, which includes provisions encouraging alternative energy systems like those being pioneered in some Alaska villages.

The hearing will begin at 3:30 p.m. at Bethel’s Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center.

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Rachel Waldholz is the Energy Reporter for Alaska Public Media. Before joining APM, she spent two years reporting for KCAW in Sitka, where she covered everything from city government to fish politics. She studied documentary production at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, and her short film, A Confused War won several awards. Originally from New Jersey, Rachel got her start reporting for a community newspaper in the Bronx. Her work has appeared on NPR, Al Jazeera, Current TV, Grist.org and in High Country News, among other outlets. rwaldholz (at) alaskapublic (dot) org | 907.550.8432 | About Rachel