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Grant Lake Draft License Application Submitted; Public Comment Period Open

On March 27, 2015, Homer Electric Association’s solely-owned subsidiary, Kenai Hydro LLC, submitted a Draft License Application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for the proposed Grant Lake Hydroelectric Project.

The submittal triggered the opening of a 90-day public comment period that will close on June 29, 2015.

The Grant Lake Hydroelectric Project would be a new 5-megawatt hydroelectric facility on Grant Lake and Grant Creek near Moose Pass, Alaska. The Project would divert water from Grant Lake and deliver the flow to a powerhouse located near the outlet of the existing Grant Creek canyon. The Project would include the following major components:

  • An intake structure in Grant Lake.
  • A tunnel extending from the lake intake to just east of the powerhouse.
  • A powerhouse with two Francis turbines providing an anticipated combined 5-MW
  • Tailrace detention pond.
  • Switchyard with disconnect switch and step-up transformer.
  • An overhead transmission line.
  • A pole mounted disconnect switch where the transmission line intersects the main power distribution line.

Persons interested in viewing the Draft License Application and providing comments to FERC via the FERC eLibrary can do so by following these steps:

  • Click on link:  https://elibrary.ferc.gov/IDMWS/search/fercgensearch.asp
  • Under the “Date Range” category in the “From” option, make sure the date range is inclusive of the range between March 25th and March 31st.  This will ensure that the DLA filing is included in your request.
  • Under the “Library” category, make sure “Hydro” is selected.
  • Under the “Docket Number” category, enter “P-13212”
  • Click “Submit” at the bottom of the page.  This will take you to all documents/correspondence that have been filed during your specified date range.
  • A chronological list of documents/correspondence will appear with detailed descriptions of each.  At the far right of specific exhibits that you’d like to review, select the .pdf option and the selected file will open on your computer.

Comments can also be mailed to Secretary Kimberly D. Bose, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Attn: DHAC PJ-12.2, 888 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20426. Reference Grant Lake Hydroelectric Project P-13212 DLA in the subject line of the comments.

HEA Requests Rate Changes

Homer Electric Association (HEA) is requesting a rate increase in its filings with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA).

In its filing, HEA is proposing to increase the Residential Service energy rate from $0.13780 to $0.14882 per kilowatt hour, effective for all billings as of May 1, 2015.

The filing also increases the General Service energy rate from $0.13897 to $0.15009 and Large General Service energy rate from $0.0932 to $0.10066 per kilowatt hour. The demand rate for Large General Service members will go from $15.45 to $16.69 per kilowatt.

The last energy rate increase approved by the RCA and implemented by HEA was in July of 2013.
Over the last two years, HEA has made significant investments in new generation plants, substations, and transmission lines. These assets are essentially replacing infrastructure from the early 1980s. Replacing assets installed nearly 35 years ago is expensive. Additionally, expenses associated with the daily operation of providing electric service have increased.

HEA is also requesting an increase in the Cost of Power Adjustment (COPA) from $0.06900 to $0.07846 per kilowatt hour, effective April 1, 2015. COPA reflects the cost of fuel (natural gas) used to generate electricity, along with power purchased from the state-owned Bradley Lake hydroelectric project.
Overall, the proposed changes would increase the blended residential rate (energy rate plus COPA) from $0.20680 to $0.22728 per kilowatt hour.

The requested rate changes will result in an increase of $12.91 in the monthly residential bill for the average HEA member using 630 kilowatt hours.

If approved by the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, the COPA change will be effective for all billings beginning April 1, 2015. The energy rate change will be effective for all billings beginning May 1, 2015.

HEA Board Election Update

Six (6) candidates will be on the ballot for the Homer Electric Association (HEA) Board of Directors’ 2015 election. The deadline to apply for a seat on the board was March 6 by 5:00 p.m.
HEA directors are elected by the members in their respective district, with members voting only for the candidates residing in their district. This year, the following candidates will appear on each district ballot:

In District 1 (Kenai – Nikiski- parts of Soldotna area), the candidate is incumbent David B. Thomas of Kenai.

In District 2 (Soldotna – Sterling – Kasilof), the candidates are Andrew Alexandrou of Sterling and incumbent Dave Carey of Soldotna.

In District 3 (Kasilof south to Kachemak Bay area), the candidates are incumbent Jim Levine of Homer, Joe F. Singleton of Homer and Don Stead of Homer.

The ballots will be mailed to HEA members on April 3, 2015. Completed mail-in ballots must be received by May 6, 2015, for validation. If HEA members are unable to complete a mail-in ballot, members will also have an opportunity to vote at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Members, which will be held May 7, 2015, at Homer High School.

Nomination Period is Open for Seats on HEA’s Board of Directors

Homer Electric Association (HEA) is accepting nominations from members interested in running for a seat on the cooperative’s Board of Directors.

The cooperative’s Board is made up of nine directors, three from each of the three districts that make up the service area.

This year, the District 1 (Kenai-Nikiski-parts of Soldotna) seat held by Kenai resident David Thomas will be on the ballot. In District 2 (Soldotna-Sterling-Kasilof area) the seat currently held by Soldotna resident Dave Carey will be up for election. In District 3 (Kasilof-Homer-Seldovia area), HEA members will vote for the seat currently held by Jim Levine of Homer.

HEA directors are elected by district, with members voting only for the director in their respective district.

Members interested in being on the ballot must fill out a Candidacy Packet that requires the candidate to gather at least 15 signatures from current HEA members that live in the district where the candidate resides. The Candidacy Packet is available at HEA offices in Kenai and Homer and online at www.homerelectric.com

The deadline to submit the Candidacy Packet is 5 PM on March 6th, 2015. Completed packets can be dropped off at either the Kenai or Homer HEA office.

Ballots will be mailed out to HEA members on April 3rd, 2015, and the results will be tabulated and announced at the Annual Meeting on May 7th, 2015, at the Homer High School.

Board Elections and Candidacy Packet