Abby Dillard

KUAC file photo

Golden Valley Electric Association workers took one of its two coal-fired power plants offline this week for maintenance, and they’ll take the other down next week so they can work on both at once. And to pay for the work on Healy 1 and Healy 2, Golden Valley is charging ratepayers an additional nine dollars a month, on average.

Alaska Energy Authority

Golden Valley Electric Association is asking for proposals on how the utility could generate more electricity with renewable-energy sources, like wind and solar. The goal is to reduce the Golden Valley’s greenhouse gas emissions without affecting its ability to produce electricity reliably, with few blackouts. And, to do all that with minimum impact on ratepayers’ monthly bills.

Alaska Environmental Power

The owner of a wind farm in Delta Junction has proposed building a larger facility to produce up to 42 megawatts and selling the electricity to Golden Valley Electric Association. Golden Valley officials say they’re studying the proposal.