A newly-formed Energy Advisory Council holds its first meeting today.
Convened earlier this year by Congressman Chris Gibson, the council is charged with advising him on issues ranging from energy production and distribution to conservation and efficiency efforts.
The council's first meeting is this morning in Malta.
Gibson, the Republican representing New York's 20th Congressional District, says the council will also be responsible for growing public awareness about the various energy challenges facing upstate New York and the nation.
The council consists of a broad assortment of energy experts, conservation advocates, organized labor, and government leaders.
Gibson says his nonpartisan panel will be a valuable resource in reviewing existing government policies which impact energy markets and legislation.