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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.


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Golden Valley Electric Association customers will be paying more for electricity over the next few months, due to the temporary loss of two sources of cheap power. The utility’s chief executive says problems with the Healy 2 power plant and a hydropower plant transmission line near Homer will boost the average residential ratepayer’s monthly bill we by about $11 through February.


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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.


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Golden Valley Electric Association will close a facility that processes coal ash produced by the Healy 1 power plant within five years, because it’s been leaking more toxic heavy metals into the area’s groundwater than federal regulations allow. Golden Valley also will come up with a plan to clean up groundwater contamination around the coal-fired power plant in Healy.


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Golden Valley Electric Association’s chief executive says the 50-megawatt Healy 2 power plant is finally fully online and commercially operational after successful testing of repaired/updated systems.


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Golden Valley Electric Association is paying the Environmental Protection Agency 126 thousand dollars in fines for emissions violations at its coal fired Healy 2 power plant. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, a consent decree between the EPA and the utility is aimed at ensuring the plant meets mercury emissions standards.

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Updated: Golden Valley Electric Association restarted and operated the boiler of its coal-fired Healy 2 powerplant for several hours during a test run Monday. The test re-firings resumed Thursday and will continue through August, when Golden Valley hopes to make the 50-megawatt plant fully operational.

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Golden Valley Electric Association’s chief executive says repair work on the co-op’s problem-plagued Healy 2 powerplant should be completed next month. And if all goes well, President and CEO Cory Borgeson says the coal-fired powerplant will be restarted in May.

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Golden Valley Electric Association’s board of directors approved a multimillion-dollar plan Monday to repair the Healy 2 power plant. Two board members voted against the proposal, saying they’ve got concerns about the coal-fired plant design and cost.


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Golden Valley Electric Association’s board of directors is considering a management proposal to borrow at least $10 million to repair a problem that caused two explosions at the coal-fired Healy 2 powerplant last year.


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