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Chugach Electric Virtual Candidate Forum

Thank you to The Alaska Center, AKPIRG, and everyone who attended the live Virtual Candidate Forum last night to hear from the candidates for the Chugach Board of Directors. If you missed us, it’s not too late! View the recording of the Virtual Candidate Forum here .  The forum is 90 minutes long, during which we covered a wide range of issues facing Chugach Electric. If you want to know the difference between me and the other 3 candidates, watch the final question in the forum, which begins at 1:16:30 of the recording. Thank you for your interest in Chugach Electric and for voting in the election.

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Vote Now!

Online voting for the 2020 Election is now open! Chugach Electric members, by now you should have received your ballot by email. You can cast your ballot online using the direct link provided in the email or the VOTE button below. If you did not receive your email you can call (907) 646-7394 or 1-888-729-4679 for assistance.

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Two Board seats are open due to the term limits of long-time Directors Susan Reeves and Harry Crawford. I am running to fill one of the seats and to represent your interests in the future of our electric cooperative. I’m proud to say that current Director Jim Henderson and retiring Director Harry Crawford have both endorsed my candidacy.

If elected, I will work to maintain reliable power, complete the ML&P merger and new member integration process and to lower rates and emissions through the development of renewable energy sources. It will be an honor to represent you and I would appreciate your vote. Thank you.

 

 

Chugach Board of Directors Election

Beginning May 15, 2020, the membership of the Chugach Electric Association will vote to fill two seats on the Board of Directors.  Candidate Mitchell Roth is approved by the Chugach Electric Nominating Committee and endorsed by the Alaska Climate Action Network (AK-CAN!).

The election will be conducted online. Voting information is available at: chugachelectric.com/annual-meeting. A video interview with Mitch is posted online. Please take the time to acquaint yourself with the candidates and vote for the ones who will best represent you.

The Board of Directors represents the membership in setting the policies and priorities which ultimately determine electric utility rates. The annual election for the Board of Directors is the membership’s voice in how the Association is run.  The results of the election will be announced at the virtual annual meeting on June 15, 2020.

 

Renewable Energy Plan

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 pumped-hydro 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.