Golden Valley Electric Association

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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.

Golden Valley Electric Association

Golden Valley Electric Association is considering upgrading or replacing its Battery Electric Storage System, or BESS. Golden Valley uses the big battery mainly to prevent blackouts. But  the BESS is nearing the end of its useful life.

Golden Valley Electric Association members who are experiencing financial difficulty caused by the pandemic still have a few more days to apply for a monthly payment plan to avoid being disconnected.

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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.

Golden Valley Electric Association

Golden Valley Electric Association is celebrating 75 years of service to Fairbanks and outlying communities around the eastern Interior. But Golden Valley’s top executive says the utility’s management and board are focused on operating the utility in the 21st century.

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.

Alaska Division of Forestry

Golden Valley Electric Association officials and other utility executives around the state say the Alaska Energy Authority’s recent purchase of a power line on the Kenai Peninsula will benefit ratepayers, because it’ll enable more reliable transmission of cheap hydropower to the state’s Railbelt utilities.

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Winds gusting to nearly 90 miles an hour blew down trees and knocked out power Sunday night and Monday for more than 4,000 Golden Valley Electric Association customers in communities north of the Alaska Range.