The Energy Council is a non-partisan legislative organization comprised of 14 energy-producing states in the United States and two Canadian provinces. Formed in 1975, the Council serves as a forum for energy and related environmental policy dialogue.

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN

Mississippi Senator
Joel Carter

2022 – 2023 Chairman
The Energy Council

Uncertainty abounds in the energy sector between Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, record setting inflation and interest hikes, and policies that discourage oil and natural gas production in North America. Low oil inventory levels have made oil prices volatile, with a price at or over $100 a barrel in recent months. Natural gas inventories are also down while demand for U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports and demand for natural gas from the electric power sector grows.  Electricity prices are increasing along with most other necessities.

These market realities have defined three main focuses for The Energy Council over the 2022-2023 fiscal year:  Advancements and Achievements, Hinderances and Hurdles, and National and International Concerns.

The Council’s three themed conferences in FY22-23 will examine specific aspects of the three themes, allowing our member legislators to draw a better understanding of how technological, market and regulatory forces impact their particular circumstances.  The Council will also participate in the development of federal policy, bringing a state voice to federal legislative and regulatory processes.

We invite you to join the leadership of The Energy Council as we explore the elements of each theme of the Council’s Strategic Plan for 2022-2023.

ABOUT THE ENERGY COUNCIL

The Energy Council is a non-partisan legislative organization founded in 1975. The original five member states (Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico) were located within the same region, and the group was initially known as the Southwest Regional Energy Council.

The organization was formed to provide a forum for producing state legislators interested in energy policy. Today the member states number fourteen, including West Virginia, Mississippi and Alabama to the East and Colorado, Kansas, Montana, North Dakota, Wyoming, and Alaska to the West. It allows legislative policymakers to maintain a dialogue and learn more about energy issues of importance to their states, citizens, environment and revenue base. In recognition of the continental nature of energy markets, the Council has welcomed the Canadian Provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan, as well.

For energy producing states and provinces, a better understanding of energy markets, technology and policy, as well as related environmental concerns, benefits lawmakers and their constituents. The Energy Council is a proven resource for developing energy policy leadership.

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THE ENERGY COUNCIL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

ALABAMA

Senator Gerald Allen
Senator Jabo Waggoner
Representative Wes Kitchens
Representative Paul Lee

ALASKA

Senate President Peter Micciche
Senator Bert Stedman, Vice Chairman
Representative Calvin Schrage
Representative Chris Tuck

ARKANSAS

Senator Bob Ballinger
Senator Gary Stubblefield
Representative Rick Beck, Immediate Past Chairman
Representative Justin Gonzales

COLORADO

Senator Kerry Donovan
Senator Chris Hansen
Representative Tracey Bernett
Representative Brianna Titone*

KANSAS

Senator Dan Kerschen
Senator Carolyn McGinn
Representative Kyle Hoffman
Representative Joe Seiwert

LOUISIANA

Senator Patrick McMath
Senator Michael Reese
Representative Jean-Paul Coussan
Representative Ryan Joseph Bourriaque

MISSISSIPPI

Senator Joel Carter, Chairman
Senator Briggs Hopson, III
Representative C. Scott Bounds
Representative Brent Powell

MONTANA

Senator Duane Ankney
Senator Christopher Pope
Representative Jim Keane
Representative Katie Zolnikov

NEW MEXICO

Senator Craig Brandt
Senator Steven Neville
Representative Micaela Cadena
Representative Greg Nibert

NORTH DAKOTA

Senator Jessica Bell
Senator Donald Schaible
Representative Jeff Delzer
Representative Jim Schmidt

OKLAHOMA

Senator Mark Allen
Senator Julie Daniels
Representative Mark McBride
Representative Kevin McDugle

TEXAS

Senator Eduardo A. Lucio, Jr.
Senator Charles Schwertner
Representative Drew Darby
Representative Craig Goldman

WEST VIRGINIA

Senator Randy Smith
Senator Rupie Phillips
Delegate Bill Anderson
Delegate John Kelly

WYOMING

Senator Ogden Driskill
Senator Drew Perkins
Representative Donald “Don” Burkhart
Representative Lloyd Larsen

INTERNATIONAL AFFILIATES:

ALBERTA

Minister Sonya Savage
MLA Tracy Allard
MLA Searle Turton

SASKATCHEWAN

Minister Bronwyn Eyre
Minister Fred Bradshaw
MLA Doug Steele