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Applications being accepted for Chugach Electric Board vacancy

Chugach Electric Association’s Board of Directors has accepted the resignation of Director Erin Whitney. Whitney is leaving the Chugach board to take the position as Director of the Arctic Energy Office for the U.S. Department of Energy. Whitney was first elected to the board in May 2021. She served as vice chair of the Governance Committee and was a member of the Operations Committee. As a result of Whitney’s resignation, Chugach has an immediate vacancy on its seven-member board.

Chugach members who meet qualifications and are interested in being appointed to the board must submit a letter of intent, an application form, an attestation of candidate qualifications form, and a resume by 5:00 p.m. on Feb. 9, 2023. Candidates will need to indicate on the application form whether they are also applying for one of three board seats open in the May 2023 election.

Links to the application forms are available on the Annual Meeting & Election Page. Documents can be emailed to Julie_hasquet@chugachelectric.com or mailed/hand delivered to:

Julie Hasquet
Senior Manager, Corporate Communications
Chugach Electric Association, Inc.
5601 Electron Drive
Anchorage, AK 99519

Following the application deadline, the board will interview candidates. At the Feb. 22, 2023, regular board meeting, the board will then appoint a Chugach member who meets the qualifications as specified in Article IV, Section 3 of the Chugach bylaws. The appointee will serve until the seat is filled in the May 2023 election. If you have questions regarding the application process, please call (907) 762-4489.

Financing approved for transmission and battery upgrades

Providing a boost to future grid reliability, the Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) Board of Directors on Oct. 26 unanimously approved an estimated $175 million in bond financing to improve the efficiency and capacity of power from the Bradley Lake Hydroelectric Project. The bonding by AEA, in partnership with Chugach and the other Railbelt utilities, will be at no additional cost to ratepayers. Closing of the bond transaction is expected to take place on or before December 2, 2022.

“We are pleased to see this important funding move forward,” said Chugach CEO Arthur Miller. “The projects that this funding supports will provide decades of benefit to Alaskans throughout the Railbelt. Improvements in transmission and energy storage infrastructure increases reliability and resiliency of the grid, creates operational efficiencies, supports the advancement of renewable generation, and allows us to continue providing affordable, reliable power to our members.”

The bond proceeds will be used solely to pay for transmission line upgrades and battery energy storage systems that will reduce the constraints on the Railbelt grid by improving transmission capacity to export power from Bradley Lake, while also allowing for the integration of additional renewable energy generation. Funding for the projects is coming from the excess payments made by the five Railbelt utilities after the Bradley Lake bonds were paid off. These projects include:

  • Upgrade Transmission Line between Bradley Lake and Soldotna Substation
  • Upgrade Transmission Line between Soldotna Substation and Sterling Substation
  • Upgrade Transmission Line between Sterling Substation and Quartz Creek Substation
  • Battery Energy Storage Systems for Grid Stabilization

Bradley Lake is managed by the Bradley Lake Project Management Committee, which is comprised of a representative from each of the Railbelt utilities and AEA. Each utility has paid a portion of the annual debt service on the original bonds since Bradley Lake was completed. The bonds were paid off in 2021 and under the Power Sales Agreement; the Railbelt utilities continue to make annual payments until 2050. These funds are now available to be used for upgrades related to the Bradley Lake project.

Click here to read the full joint press release.

Warning to members regarding Doxo.com

If you search online to pay your Chugach bill, Doxo.com may show up in the results. Chugach Electric is not affiliated with Doxo, which is a website and app that allows people to pay all their bills through a single account.

Chugach Electric is not affiliated with Doxo.com

Services like Doxo may charge you extra fees. Additionally, Chugach cannot control when payments are received from third-party vendors like Doxo, which may result in a late payment fee being applied to your account or even disconnection due to non-payment.

Chugach offers a number of ways for members to conveniently pay bills. For more information, visit our Payment Options page.

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Board selects Arthur Miller as new Chugach CEO

The Chugach Board of Directors named Arthur Miller as Chief Executive Officer on July 29. Miller has been with Chugach for 32 years, most recently serving as Acting CEO. He replaces Lee Thibert, who retired in April.

“Arthur is the right person at the right time to lead Chugach,” said Board Chair Bettina Chastain. “He brings a tremendous amount of experience and knowledge, and has the steady hand and vision to continue to advance Chugach as a leader in the Railbelt.”

“I am honored to serve as CEO of Chugach and appreciate the board’s trust in naming me CEO,” said Miller. “The future is full of opportunity in the electric utility industry, and I’m excited to work with our talented workforce to keep the organization moving forward.”

In his more than three decades at Chugach, Miller has had several key positions including Sr. Vice President, Regulatory and External Affairs; Vice President, Regulatory and External Affairs;  Executive Manager, Regulatory and External Affairs; Director, Regulatory Affairs and Pricing; and manager and analyst positions. He has extensive experience in the electric utility industry and played a crucial role in the recent acquisition of Municipal Light & Power by Chugach. 

Miller has an M.S. in Economics from the University of Wyoming and a B.S. in Business from Colorado State University, Fort Collins.