Railbelt utilities

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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.


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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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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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A state lawmaker from Healy is trying a new pitch for an old idea to build power lines from the Mat-Su to Glennallen and on around the eastern Interior road system. Rep. Dave Talerico says the Road Belt Electrical Transmission Line is needed to provide a more secure supply of electricity for the region’s growing military installations.


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.