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.
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)
Beginning April 19, 2019, 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 candidate Q&A forum will be held on April 18, 2019 and 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 annual membership meeting on May 21, 2019.
The annual membership meeting of the Chugach Electric Association will be held May 21, 2019. The results of the Board of Directors election will be announced at the meeting. For more information: www.chugachelectric.com/annual-meeting .