Longtime member and recent Chugach volunteer Rachel Morse has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the Chugach Electric Association Board of Directors. The Chugach board appointed Morse at its December 26 meeting. Morse is replacing Janet Reiser who resigned from the board after 10 years of service to take the job of Executive Director of the Alaska Energy Authority.
$1 billion sale seizes opportunity to increase efficiencies, stablize rates for Anchorge residents
Mayor Ethan Berkowitz announced that he will ask the Anchorage Assembly to place a proposition on the April 2018 municipal ballot allowing voters to authorize the sale of Municipal Light & Power (ML&P) to Chugach Electric Association, Inc. (Chugach). The announcement comes after urging from both the local business community and Anchorage Assembly to explore unification opportunities between the two utilities.
Continuing a long tradition, Chugach Electric Association is donating 450 turkeys to 10 local charities as part of its annual community outreach over the holiday season. The turkeys will be delivered to the organizations from Dec. 12 – 14.
Chugach has donated turkeys to local non-profits as a way to help fill the need for holiday meals and food baskets throughout the local area for the past 16 years. The turkeys are purchased from Carrs/Safeway and distributed to the charities.
S&P Global Ratings (S&P) has upgraded Chugach Electric Association’s financial rating to “A” from its previous “A-.” The rating agency also provides an outlook of “Stable” for Chugach.
S&P cited the following primary factors that contributed to the upgrade:
More than 3,600 students from 131 classrooms in 27 middle and elementary schools around the state participated in the 2017 Power Pledge Challenge, an initiative aimed at helping youth better understand energy use. This year’s campaign covered the largest geographic area of the initiative to date with students competing for regional and statewide prizes. An eighth grade science class from Palmer Junior Middle School is this year’s statewide winner.
Project is first of its kind in Alaska
Responding to member interest and Chugach Electric Association’s sustainability business philosophy, the Chugach Board of Directors on Wednesday approved authorization to proceed with a Chugach Community Solar Project. The installation is designed to include approximately 2,000 solar panels and generate 550 megawatt hours per year. The energy produced from the project is equivalent to 15 percent of the average electricity use of 500 homes.
Over 2,000 students will learn about energy efficiency next month and compete for prizes statewide as part of the Power Pledge Challenge. Utilities and organizations from Mat-Su, Anchorage, Kenai
Utility also launches new website, online member portal
Chugach Electric Association members elected Stuart Parks and re-elected Harry Crawford to the utility’s Board of Directors. Election results were announced Thursday night at the electric cooperative’s annual meeting held at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center. Crawford, Parks, and Ron Stafford ran for the two open seats. Crawford will serve a three-year-term, and Parks will serve a four-year term.
Chugach Electric Association has canceled its effort exploring the possibility of a hydroelectric project along the Snow River on the Kenai Peninsula. After a series of meetings with government and non-government agencies, and two public meetings this week, the electric cooperative announced today the Board of Directors accepted a staff recommendation to stop all work on the potential project.
Sustainability to formally guide cooperative decisions
In an effort to emphasize sustainability in the operations of the member-owned cooperative, Chugach Electric Association's Board of Directors has formally adopted sustainability, also known as the Triple Bottom Line (TBL), as a business management philosophy. TBL is a method of evaluating a business's performance using economic, social, and environmental measures.
Engineer Stuart Parks to fill vacancy
Long-time Anchorage resident and electrical engineer Stuart Parks has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the Chugach Electric Association Board of Directors. The Chugach board appointed Parks to the seat at its January 26 meeting. Parks is replacing Bruce Dougherty who left in December 2016.
Parks has worked for NANA WorleyParsons, LLC for the past 12 years and is currently the Vice President, Director of Market and Program Manager.
Section between Anchorage/Kenai to get upgrade
Work is underway on a four-mile section of transmission line linking Anchorage and the Kenai Peninsula. Chugach Electric Association is rebuilding the 115-kilovolt transmission line that was constructed in 1962, and is nearing the end of its useful life. Originally designed to carry power from the Cooper Lake Hydro Electric Project to Anchorage, today the line carries power produced at the Cooper Lake, Bradley Lake and Nikiski power plants.
Collaboration to save millions for Railbelt customers
Three of Alaska’s Railbelt electric utilities have signed an agreement to collectively utilize their generation and transmission assets to benefit tens of thousands of customers. The Power Pooling and Joint Dispatch Agreement, signed by Chugach Electric Association (Chugach), Municipal Light & Power (ML&P), the Municipality of Anchorage (MOA) and Matanuska Electric Association (MEA), was filed with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA) today.