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Students tour power plant

A 7th grade science class from Hanshew Middle School recently toured our newest power plant, the Southcentral Power Project (SPP), as part of a statewide contest. Susan Tifental’s  third period class was the winner of the 2018 Power Pledge Challenge. As part of the grand prize, the students got a tour of SPP.

Each October, Chugach partners with the Renewable Energy Alaska Project and several Alaska utilities in the Challenge, teaching students across Alaska about energy use and energy efficiency. In addition to the tour, Mrs. Tifental also won $1,600 worth of supplies for her classroom. For more information, go to http://www.akenergysmart.org/get-in…/power-pledge-challenge/

Chugach Electric annual turkey delivery underway

10 local non-profits to receive holiday delivery

In an effort to make the holidays brighter for hundreds of Alaskans, Chugach Electric Association is donating 450 turkeys to 10 local non-profits. Chugach’s holiday turkey delivery will occur this week as part of an annual tradition. This is the 17th year Chugach has donated turkeys to local non-profits to help fill the need for holiday meals and food baskets throughout the local area. The turkeys are purchased from Carrs/Safeway and distributed to the charities.

“We are fortunate to live in a prosperous and generous community,” said Chugach CEO Lee Thibert. “But we know there are those who could use a little extra help through the holidays, and Chugach is very pleased to be able to continue this holiday tradition.”

The deliveries begin today. The organizations receiving the turkeys include:

  • Bean’s Café
  • Brother Francis Shelter
  • Mabel T. Caverly Center
  • Anchorage Rescue Mission
  • St. Francis House
  • Covenant House
  • AWAIC
  • Food Bank of Alaska
  • Salvation Army/McKinnell House
  • Lutheran Social Services

Challenging students to conserve energy

Chugach joined utilities and organizations across the state in teaching students about how to conserve energy as part of the 2018 Power Pledge Challenge. More than 3,000 students from 128 6th through 8th grade classrooms around the state participated in the Challenge, an initiative aimed at helping youth better understand energy use.

This year’s campaign covered the largest geographic area to date with students competing for regional and statewide prizes. A 7th grade science class from Hanshew Middle School in Anchorage is this year’s statewide winner. Utilities and organizations from the Matanuska Susitna Valley, Anchorage, the Kenai Peninsula, Juneau, and statewide hosted the challenge as part of Energy Awareness Month, recognized every year in October.

In the Challenge, students completed a hands-on activity from the AK EnergySmart curriculum, learned how to calculate the cost of appliance use, and discovered ways to reduce their energy usage at home. Students then conducted an online home energy audit with their families and identified specific actions they would take to use energy more efficiently.

Susan Tifental’s 3rd period science class at Hanshew Middle School is the 2018 statewide winner. The class will be awarded a pizza party, energy-related classroom materials worth $1,700 and a tour of the Southcentral Power Project. Five regional winners each earned a pizza party and/or a tour of a local power plant.

The now statewide initiative is held through support of Alaska Electric Light & Power, Alaska Energy Authority, Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, Alaska Village Electric Cooperative, Chugach Electric Association, City of Seward, Homer Electric Association, Matanuska Electric Association, Municipal Light & Power and Renewable Energy Alaska Project.

Hundreds turn out for Member Appreciation Day

More than 300 Chugach Electric members enjoyed bucket truck rides, hot dogs, energy saving tips, power plant tours, and more at the 2018 Member Appreciation Day. Here is a short highlight video of the day.