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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.


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.


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The eastern Interior town of Tok has Alaska’s first and only electric-powered school bus. The vehicle has in use since mid-October, and it was put to the test earlier this month, when it transported students without any problem after the temperature had dropped to 35 below.


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Eco Green Generation

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

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A Colorado-based company’s proposal to generate and sell 100 megawatts to Golden Valley Electric Association has devolved into a dispute involving state and federal energy agencies. Golden Valley officials say they’ve got concerns about Eco Green Generation’s hybrid renewable-energy proposal, so they’ve halted work on a tariff they’re required to file in response. State regulators have OK’d GVEA's request to suspend the tariff until federal regulators rule on the utility’s request to declare Eco Green is unqualified to submit the proposal.


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Golden Valley Electric Association has halted work on a study requested by a Colorado-based company and its Fairbanks partner that proposes to add 55 megawatts to the grid. Golden Valley President and CEO Cory Borgeson says GVEA last week suspended an interconnection study requested by Eco Green Generation until a federal agency certifies that the company meets requirements of a law that regulates independent power producers that generate electricity with renewable energy, like wind.


GVEA

Golden Valley Electric Association has pledged to reduce the amount of climate-changing carbon its power plants emit by 26 percent, based on 2012 levels, over the next 11 years. Members of environmental groups welcome the so-called Green Goals approved last week by Golden Valley’s board of directors. And they’re challenging the co-op to set its carbon-reduction goals even higher.


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Golden Valley Electric Association is studying a Colorado-based company’s ambitious proposal to sell 55 megawatts of electricity generated by a hybrid-power system based mainly on wind. Officials with Eco Green Generation are proposing to build a new wind farm, an electricity-storing battery system and a series of small propane-powered backup generators around Fairbanks and the area’s three military installations.


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