The annual membership meeting of the Chugach Electric Association will be held June 15, 2020. The results of the Board of Directors election will be announced at the meeting. For more information: www.chugachelectric.com/annual-meeting .
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.
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.
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.