Palin cuts money for energy research

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported on August 29, 2008, in an article by Stefan Milkowski, that Governor Sarah Palin the previous week had vetoed a $1.5 million state and federal appropriation for a new energy research center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  ~ Sarah Palin Truth Squad

A new energy research center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks is looking for alternative funding after Gov. Sarah Palin last week vetoed a $1.5 million state and federal appropriation for the center.

The Alaska Center for Energy and Power formed in January and is focused on developing new technologies to lower the cost of energy in rural Alaska and attract energy-intensive industry with cheap renewable resources.

Lawmakers included $500,000 in state funding in the operating budget they approved last month, but Palin cut the funding.

Gwen Holdmann, the group’s director, said Tuesday the $500,000 in state funding was needed as a match for federal grant money.

“It really cripples us in our ability to bring federal funding,” she said of the governor’s veto.

Holdmann said she was hoping to use some of the funding to bring a top expert in geothermal energy to Alaska to help develop a research program in the field. She said she also applied for federal grants to study new technologies involving river current, tidal energy, and combined wind and diesel power systems.

Palin cuts money for energy research

Alaska Center for Energy and Power

Alaska Center for Energy and Power

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