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Committee to advise board on ways to improve member engagement

The Chugach Electric Association Board of Directors has appointed 15 community members to serve on a Member Advisory Council (MAC). The MAC is designed to advise the board as an ad hoc committee on a variety of topics including how to get more engagement from Chugach members, identifying candidates for board seats and election committees, and providing input on emerging issues facing the electric industry.

After nearly two years of managing a significant decline in electric sales and the associated drop in revenues during the COVID-19 pandemic, Chugach Electric Association has filed a request for a rate increase with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA). The request to raise base rates by 4.1% effective Feb. 1, 2022, will be diminished, however, by a drop in fuel prices which will have a net positive impact on members. If approved by the RCA, member bills will decline on average in the first quarter of 2022 by between 0.1% and 5% depending on customer class.

Chugach Electric Association is continuing its tradition of supporting local non-profits over the holidays by donating 450 turkeys to nine local non-profits. The holiday turkey delivery is underway this week.

“Chugach is committed to supporting our members and the communities we serve,” said Chugach CEO Lee Thibert. “We are very pleased to continue what is now two decades of helping to make the holidays a little brighter for Anchorage families.”

The Chugach Electric Assoc. Board of Directors is looking for the next leader of Alaska’s largest electric utility. The search for a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) follows the announcement in July that current CEO Lee Thibert is retiring at the end of April 2022.

“This is an exciting and challenging time in the electric utility industry,” said Chugach Board Chair Rachel Morse. “We are looking for a highly-competent leader who will continue to guide Chugach with a forward-thinking approach and a steady hand to ensure a smooth transition.”

In an effort to add more renewable energy generation to its portfolio, Chugach has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for projects that can be built and integrated into the existing system at no additional cost to ratepayers. Chugach has a goal of adding a project or projects that will produce 100,000 megawatt hours per year of renewable generation by the end of the first quarter of 2025.

Chugach Electric Association CEO Lee Thibert has announced he will retire in April of 2022. Thibert, 66, has been with Chugach for over 30 years and has served as CEO for five years.

“Working for Chugach and our members has been an incredible opportunity,” said Thibert. “I am very proud of the work we have done together, continuing to build a strong, vital utility, providing power to thousands of Alaska homes and businesses.”

The Chugach Electric Association Board of Directors elected new officers Wednesday night, May 26. The complete slate of officers includes:

Rachel Morse              Chair

Bettina Chastain          Vice Chair

Jim Henderson            Secretary

Harold Hollis                Treasurer

Other current directors include Sam Cason, Mark Wiggin, and Erin Whitney.

Chugach Electric Association, Inc. members elected a new director to the utility’s seven-member board of directors. Election results were announced Tuesday night at the electric cooperative’s virtual annual meeting. Due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols, and restrictions on large gatherings, Chugach held its annual meeting virtually for the second year in a row.