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

Senator Bert Stedman, Vice Chairman
Pending Appointment
Representative Calvin Schrage
Pending Appointment

ARKANSAS

Senator Gary Stubblefield
Pending Appointment
Representative Rick Beck, Immediate Past Chairman
Representative Justin Gonzales

COLORADO

Senator Chris Hansen
Pending Appointment
Representative Brianna Titone
Pending Appointment

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 Christopher Pope
Pending Appointment
Representative Katie Zolnikov
Pending Appointment

NEW MEXICO

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

NORTH DAKOTA

Senator Donald Schaible
Pending Appointment
Pending Appointment
Pending Appointment

OKLAHOMA

Senator Julie Daniels
Pending Appointment
Representative Mark McBride
Representative Kevin McDugle

TEXAS

Senator Charles Schwertner
Pending Appointment
Representative Drew Darby
Representative Craig Goldman

WEST VIRGINIA

Senator Randy Smith
Senator Rupie Phillips
Delegate Bill Anderson
Delegate Mark Zatezalo*

WYOMING

Senator Ogden Driskill
Pending Appointment
Representative Donald “Don” Burkhart
Representative Lloyd Larsen

INTERNATIONAL AFFILIATES:

ALBERTA

Minister Pete Guthrie
MLA Tracy Allard

SASKATCHEWAN

MLA Fred Bradshaw
MLA Doug Steele