Energy Producers States’ Compact

Energy Producers States’ Compact first meeting will be held in Salt Lake City June 16th-17th

Domestic energy production and development is a high priority in states that are rich in natural resources. It is also one of the most complex issues at the legislative level because it involves energy consumers (i.e. everyone), energy development companies, environmental interests, land management groups, federal and state agencies, and local governments. Utah has an abundance energy resources such as natural gas, geothermal, oil, coal, tar sands, oil shale, and solar.  Because our state economy relies on good energy policy, Utah lawmakers are constantly working for solutions to improve these policies.

To explore areas of interstate cooperation and strategies for dealing with federal/state issues, a group of US energy producing states recently formed the Energy Producers States’ Compact.  This committee currently consists of legislators from the states of Alaska, Texas, Utah and Wyoming who are working together to develop a unified voice from energy producing states on policies and issues that affect domestic energy production and transmission. This includes providing input on and participating in the development of existing and proposed federal legislation and federal regulatory processes. Other states will be invited as the group is organized.

Rep. Roger Barrus (R – Centerville, UT) will be hosting the group’s first meeting in Salt Lake City June 16th-17th. Dozens of legislators will participate and review legislation from each of the states that can be used as a model in other states. Speakers will include experts from institutions such as the Idaho National Laboratory, the Science and Public Policy Institute and the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources.

Rep. Roger Barrus represents House District 18 and serves as Chairman of the Utah House Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Committee. Rep. Barrus is currently involved in the Council of State Government’s executive committee organized to create the framework for a system to site and approve regional electric transmission lines in lieu of the traditional FERC process at the federal level.  The second task force was organized by National Conference of State Legislatures several to assess and make policy recommendations on our domestic energy supply.