We must begin planning for the transition to renewable energy NOW! Studies have shown that Cook Inlet natural gas reserves will be depleted within a decade and the cost is expected to double by 2030. Achieving 100% renewable electricity generation is within reach by expanding existing wind and hydroelectric generation and adding storage to the grid. In addition, the transmission infrastructure must be upgraded. These projects take time measured in years to design, permit and build. At this time, Chugach has no plans in the works to develop any new renewable energy sources. NOW is the time to get serious about planning for a cleaner, lower-cost energy future.
Green energy candidate Erin McKittrick of Seldovia was elected to represent District 3 on the Homer Electric Association Board of Directors at the HEA Annual Meeting on May 2, 2019. McKittrick was one of three candidates supported by the Alaska Climate Action Network for electric utility board seats. Kerry Williams ran in the Matanuska Electric Association election and Mitchell Roth is a candidate in the Chugach Electric Association board election, which goes until May 21. A report on the HEA election is here.
Concerned About Climate Change? Vote!
To the Editor,
Anyone who has lived in Alaska for more than a few years knows that global warming is real. I live in Girdwood and have seen the ski season shortened by 8 weeks in the last 7 years due to warmer temperatures. Alaska is warming at twice the global average rate and the scientific consensus is strongly in agreement that the warming we see is primarily due to elevated atmospheric CO2 levels. The combustion of fossil fuels for transportation and electric power generation are the largest contributors.
On April 19, Chugach Electric Association member-owners began voting to fill two seats on the Board of Directors who represent the members of the cooperative. I’m running for the CEA Board because I’m dissatisfied with the current directors, who have strong ties to the fossil fuel industry and no plan to control electric rates or address the root causes of climate change. I need your vote for lower rates and less pollution through clean renewable energy.
Voting is open until May 21st. Listen to Mitchell talk about why your vote matters. Looking for Chugach Electric election notification and voter ID code? Check the spam folder in your email or look for a card in the mail. Voting information for the Chugach Electric Board of Directors election is available in the Election Pamphlet and on the Chugach Electric Annual Meeting website.
Mitchell is the only candidate endorsed by the Alaska Climate Action Network (AK CAN!) and he has also been endorsed by The Alaska Center. To maximize the impact of your vote for green energy, please vote only for Mitchell.
Amendment #1 – Board Qualifications. This amendment clarifies the residency requirements for members to serve on the Board of Directors.
⇒ Mitchell recommends voting – Yes√
Amendment #2 – Director Compensation. This amendment raises the maximum number of days for which Directors can be paid for meetings and training from 70 to 90 and from 85 to 105 for the Board Chair. The current limit is far higher than any effective corporate board requires. The Board of Boeing Aircraft Corporation, with $115B in revenues, met 8 times last year. The CEA Board is on pace to exceed the current limit of 70 days of meetings for most Directors this year. At $300 per meeting, the pay limit would increase from $21,000 to $27,000. The Board Chair receives $350 per meeting, for an increase from $29,750 to $36,750. The already excessive number of meetings indicates a serious micromanagement problem with the Board. Raising the meeting limit will only exacerbate the situation.
⇒ Mitchell recommends voting –
To access the ballot, go to chugachelection.com and enter the voter control code you received by email or postcard. If you didn’t receive the email, check your spam folder.
The Board of Directors Candidate Forum was held April 18 at the Chugach Headquarters building. Members who attended had the opportunity to meet the candidates and learn about their positions on issues affecting the future of Chugach Electric. The forum was recorded and is available on the links below. More information on the Board of Directors election can be found here.
Candidate Forum Segment Index
- Opening Statements (3:23)
- Show of Hands (1:02)
- Expanded Responses (2:42)
- Reasons for Running (3:20)
- Skills & Experience (3:14)
- Other Boards (2:20)
- Role of Board (2:19)
- Top Issue – Railbelt (2:35)
- Board Priorities (3:21)
- Top Issue – Railbelt (3:34)
- Railbelt Relations (4:14)
- Triple Bottom Line (4:18)
- Closing Statements (9:18)