Chugach Electric Association

KUAC file photo

Electric cooperative members aren’t just customers – they’re also the owners of co-ops that  boards of directors are supposed to serve. But directors from four Alaska Railbelt electric co-ops say it’s often hard to figure out what their members want, because usually only a few offer feedback, and even fewer participate in board elections and meetings.


Alaska Energy Authority

The massive earthquake that hammered Anchorage on Friday also damaged the 170-mile transmission line known as the Intertie, which along with the Northern Intertie brings power from southeast Alaska into the Interior. Because of that, Golden Valley Electric Association has been running its backup generators to compensate for the 30 megawatts that GVEA is now unable to get over the Intertie.


ML&P

Golden Valley Electric Association floated two letters of interest late last year suggesting the co-op was interested in buying the Municipality of Anchorage’s electric utility, Municipal Light and Power, for up to a billion dollars. Municipality officials have instead accepted a purchase offer by Anchorage-based Chugach Electric Association. But Golden Valley’s top executive says GVEA’s offer was mainly motivated over a concern the sale could increase ratepayers’ monthly bills.