FRANKFORT, Ky. — State Rep. Dean Schamore, D-Hardinsburg, will work with legislators from 18 states to promote the development of American energy sources as a part of the Energy Producing States Coalition (EPSC).
Rep. Schamore is the first Kentucky legislator to serve with the coalition of like-minded state legislators working together to develop positions on policies that affect domestic energy production and transmission. The coalition works to:
· promote development of domestic energy sources;
· streamline and harmonize energy-related regulatory processes;
· influence federal energy-related policy from a producer-state prospective;
· help develop new energy transmission systems;
· promote maximization of existing energy sources; and
· act cooperatively to overcome energy-related economic, legal, policy and technology challenges.
Founded in 2011, the coalition now includes legislators from Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Rep. Schamore said the EPSC uses its collective voice to help increase domestic energy production in an effort to improve job creation and the economic future of the member states.
“I am very excited to be involved in this coalition as Kentucky needs to keep its hand in legislation related to energy production and the Environmental Protection Agency,” Rep. Schamore said. “We are a manufacturing and farming state, and we want to keep both of those economic interests profitable while still being good stewards of the land and environment.”
Rep. Schamore represents the state’s 10th House District, comprised of Breckinridge and Hancock counties, and a portion of Hardin County.