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REPRESENTATIVE KEN KING JOINS HOUSE ENERGY CAUCUS  print page

by: Rep. King, Ken
01/16/2013

AUSTIN -- State Representative Ken King (Canadian) has been named a member of the newly created House Energy Caucus (HEC), a legislative caucus of the Texas House of Representatives, to focus on energy production and the issues facing adjacent communities.

"I'm tremendously honored to be named to the new House Energy Caucus," said Representative King following the news. "Considering how rich and diverse my district is in energy resources, it's important to be well versed on the issues in order to serve my district to the best of my ability."

The HEC will provide educational opportunities and information on policy issues regarding traditional energy production such as oil, gas, and coal, as well as alternative energy including biomass, wind and solar power, and emerging technologies like clean coal/coal gasification. In addition, the HEC will also identify, research, and build coalitions to help resolve social and infrastructure issues faced by areas of the state experiencing significant impacts from increased activity related to the energy industry.

"The Caucus will also help to educate its members on the impact to energy production of legislation addressing water, transportation and workforce development needs," the HEC Chair State Representative Drew Darby (San Angelo) said addressing the members during the organizational meeting. "This state's energy industry is revitalizing our state through innovative technologies and significant economic investment and I want to see that continue."

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Texas is first in the nation in production of oil, natural gas, and wind energy. Texas coal and lignite production is also a key supplier for energy demands. As technological capability and demand has increased, the growth and expansion of these forms of energy production has affected all areas of the state.

"There are many complex challenges to engage with during the 83rd Session regarding energy policy", Rep. King continued. "Being a member of this caucus will give me the opportunity to roll up my sleeves and get to work on meeting these challenges head on and utilizing all of our energy resources to create a better Texas."

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