Golden Valley Electric Association

Golden Valley Electric Association

Golden Valley Electric Association plans to start up a long idled Healy area coal fired power plant next week. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the facility is being put to use after nearly 20 years of failings and dispute.

GVEA Considering Propane

Mar 10, 2015
Golden Valley Electric Association

Lower oil prices have eased the high cost of energy in Fairbanks, but concern they won’t last has the local electric utility looking at other fuel options. KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.

Golden Valley Electric Association

The interior Alaska utility Golden Valley Electric Association is anticipating lower rates in 2015 due to declining oil prices. The utility, which serves Fairbanks and surrounding communities, partially relies on oil fired generation, expects member rates to drop between 5 and 10 percent in the New Year, but as KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the prospect for long term benefit of cheaper fuel is less certain. 

Alaska Center for Energy and Power

The Ninth Rural Energy Conference gets under way Tuesday here in Fairbanks. The three-day gathering of experts and advocates will examine how Alaska’s rural residents get electricity, and how they might get it in the future more efficiently – and less expensively.

A Fairbanks based alternative energy company continues to push Golden Valley Electric Association to buy more of its wind power. Alaska Environmental Power operates a wind farm in Delta Junction, and recently teamed with an Anchorage law firm on a report it hopes will sway utility members. KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.

David Spindler/UAF Sun Star

Golden Valley Electric Association’s top executive says members should prepare for rate hikes to pay for GVEA’s response to new pollution controls on powerplants that the federal government announced today. The new rule will be phased in over the coming years in an effort to cut powerplants’ production of climate-changing greenhouse gases by about a third.

U.S. Air Force

Golden Valley Electric Association is scheduled to lose one of its biggest customers this week – the Flint Hills Resources refinery in North Pole. But GVEA is working on plans to hook up another industrial customer next year that will buy nearly as much electricity as the refinery.


Officials with Golden Valley Electric Association have reached a deal with the parent company of Petro Star refinery in North Pole to buy fuel for a North Pole power plant that won’t be available from the Flint Hills Resources refinery when it shuts down in two weeks. GVEA ratepayers may see the impact of that deal on their monthly bills sometime after July 1st.

Tim Ellis/KUAC

Unlike the big crowds of the past two years, the turnout was relatively sparse at Golden Valley Electric Association’s annual members meeting Wednesday night in Fairbanks.

Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority

Tougher federal pollution-control regulations and competition from cheaper fuels have forced U.S. utility companies to use less coal and more natural gas to generate electricity in recent years. Here in the Interior, the trend seems to be headed in the other direction.