Oklahoma House of Representatives
September 22, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: State Rep. Joe Dorman
Capitol: (405) 557-7305
Dorman Calls Energy Forum an Educational Success
OKLAHOMA CITY – A recent forum on alternative energy issues provided legislators a wide array of information that could lay the foundation for policy changes in the 2009 session, state Rep. Joe Dorman said today.
“The forum was a huge success in the fact we had experts testify about the various forms of alternative energy and the potential uses on the horizon,” said Dorman, D-Rush Springs. “We must begin the reduction of our dependence on foreign oil and the only way to do that is a shift in policy starting at the state level.”
The forum included presentation on compressed natural gas, a discussion of alternative energy tax incentives, wind energy and transmission issues, geothermal energy, and bioenergy.
“I was disappointed that we didn’t have more lawmakers present, but those that did attend received an excellent briefing on ways we can move Oklahoma forward,” Dorman said. “I expect the results of this meeting will lead to ideas that could become law over the next few legislative sessions.”
Dorman plans to introduce legislation extending tax credits to individuals and businesses who install fueling ports for alternative fuels to power their vehicles. He will also look at re-filing legislation to provide incentives to homeowners who install alternative energy equipment, such as devices to use solar, geothermal, wind and other resources in their homes. Similar legislation was not heard in committee the past two years.