Golden Valley Electric Association

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.

Robyne / KUAC


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.

Todd Paris

A volunteer neighborhood campaign has picked up more than 250 households in the Fairbanks area interested in a bulk-buy for solar installation. “Solarize Fairbanks” is helping homeowners and businesses take advantage of discounts and tax credits. The project deadline is extended until August 15 to have solar installed in 2020. The industry seems to be pandemic-proof, and the campaign has surprised even the people coordinating it.

Golden Valley Electric Association members in the Fairbanks area elected businessman Rick Solie to the GVEA board of directors in a hotly contested election against attorney Alison Carter.

According to a news release on the utility’s website, Solie got 53 percent of the votes that were cast by District 3 voters and validated versus Carter’s 47 percent.

The two candidates were seeking election to the seat vacated by retiring long board member Rick Schikora.

Golden Valley members in Districts 1 and 2 re-elected incumbents David Messier and board Chair Tom DeLong.

KUAC file photo

Golden Valley Electric Association is facing a deadline on whether to upgrade or shut down its oldest and most reliable power plant. The utility’s board of directors must decide over the next couple of years whether to pay up to 50-million dollars to install a new pollution-control system on the coal-fired Healy Unit 1. And two candidates running for the most hotly contested seat in this year’s board elections differ on how they’d decide the issue.

Eco Green Generation

A federal agency has put a proposed Fairbanks-area renewable-energy project on hold.


Golden Valley Electric Association highlighted the utility’s new solar-energy array and its other renewable-energy efforts during Thursday’s annual members meeting. Completed last fall, it’s the biggest solar farm in Alaska, designed to power 70 homes. And now that it's spring, Golden Valley will finally be able to assess its performance.