- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 18, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A special Senate committee has advanced legislation directing the state to seek a waiver from a federal power plan requirement.

The Senate Special Committee on Energy moved Sen. Cathy Giessel’s bill. Another hearing is planned in Senate Resources on Wednesday.

According to Giessel, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has directed the state to develop a plan to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions 26 percent by 2030.

If a waiver isn’t available, the bill gives the state Department of Environmental Conservation a list of things to consider as it prepares the plan, including power costs and reliability. It also directs the department to prepare a report on the economic impact of the rule.

According to the bill’s cost estimate, the plan and report would cost $75,000 in fiscal year 2016.

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