IMMEDIATE CONSERVATION NOTICE FOR HALIBUT COVE, COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE BAY

July 10, 2018

Approximately 64 Homer Electric Association, Inc. (HEA) members in the Halibut Cove and Peterson Bay area across Kachemak Bay, remain without power due to the outages over the weekend.

The cause of the Halibut Cove outage was due to a tree on the power line, which dislodged the pole due to the continued flooding in the McKeon Flats area.

HEA crews have worked around the clock since Sunday, July 8 to restore power to the area, but have been challenged by the inaccessible and complicated terrain. Progress has been made and generators have provided remote power to the community. However, due to the critical nature of the outage, HEA is advising for proactive and deliberate conservation of energy use by those in the Halibut Cove and Peterson Bay area, specifically between the peak hours of 4:00 to 8:00 PM. By conserving energy usage, it will help maintain the integrity of the generators.

Members in the affected areas may still experience intermittent outages while HEA crews continue to repair the damaged system and maintain the remote generators. Thank you for your continued patience during this time. Many thanks to our HEA crews, dispatch and staff.

Restoration updates will be posted on HEA’s Facebook page as current information becomes available. For real-time outage notifications and updates, please “Like” HEA’s Facebook page and select “See First” for automatic updates to your newsfeed. HEA’s Facebook page should not be used to report outages.

For additional information, please contact Melissa Carlin, Communications Specialist, 907-235-3338.
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July 8 Outage Across Kachemak Bay

July 9, 2018 – Homer Electric Association, Inc. (HEA) members in the communities across Kachemak Bay experienced outages over the weekend.

HEA received the first reports of outages in Seldovia, Port Graham, and Nanwalek on Sunday, July 8, 2018 at 7:35 AM affecting 836 members. At approximately 8:30 AM, 178 members in Port Graham and Nanwalek were powered by local generation while HEA crews flew the line to investigate the cause. By 2:00 PM, power was restored to the 658 members in Seldovia. The cause of the outage is still under investigation.

In addition, 135 members in the Halibut Cove area were out of power on Sunday. The cause of the Halibut Cove outage was due to a tree on the power line which dislodged the pole due to the continued flooding in the area. HEA crews were not able to access this area via helicopter on Sunday due to the complicated terrain.

Currently, HEA crews continue to work on restoring power to the members in the Halibut Cove area. Restoration updates will be posted on HEA’s Facebook page as current information becomes available. Thank you for your patience during this time. Many thanks to our HEA crews, dispatch and staff.

HEA Rate Increase in July 2018

June 14, 2018 – Homer Electric Association, Inc. (HEA) members will see an increase in their monthly bills beginning July 1, 2018.

HEA proposes an increase to the Cost of Power Adjustment (COPA) rate from $0.06701 per kilowatt hour (kWh) to $0.07270 kWh, which is an increase of 8.49%. The COPA is adjusted on a quarterly basis and primarily reflects the cost of natural gas used to generate power for HEA members.

The average residential member who uses 550 kWh/month will see a $3.13 increase in their bill. The primary driver of the increase is HEA’s greater reliance on its higher priced baseload gas contract going forward to fuel generation, compared to lower priced gas spot market opportunities that HEA has been able to act upon year to date.

The COPA decrease will be effective for all billings beginning July 1, 2018.

Line Extension Update Luncheon

Join HEA for a Line Extension Update Luncheon on Wednesday, June 20, 2108 from Noon to 1:00 pm at either the Kenai or Homer HEA board rooms.

Lunch is on us!

RSVP by June 18 to Bruce Shelley, Director of Member Relations at bshelley@homerelectric.com.

HEA Members Elect Directors at 2018 Annual Meeting

May 4, 2018 – Homer Electric Association members elected three directors at the cooperative’s 68th Annual Meeting of the Members in Homer on May 3, 2018.

In District 1 (Kenai – Nikiski – parts of Soldotna area), incumbent director David B. Thomas of Kenai received 771 votes and Jason M. Ross received 247 votes.

In District 2 (Soldotna – Sterling- Kasilof area), incumbent director Dave Carey of Soldotna ran unopposed and received 922 votes.

In District 3 (South Kasilof – Kachemak Bay area), Roy Champagne of Anchor Point received 901 votes and ran unopposed.

The Annual Meeting drew a crowd of over 250 people. The meeting featured informational booths with an emphasis on HEA services and programs.

The Annual Meeting also featured the winners of Homer Electric’s Safety Poster Contest, Youth Rally selections and HEA Scholarship Program recipients.

HEA Warns of Phone Scam

April 18, 2018 – Homer Electric Association (HEA) is again getting reports from area businesses regarding suspicious phone calls.

The fraudulent caller impersonates a utility representative and requests payment for the customer’s supposed past due bill and threatens immediate disconnection of electric service if the bill is not paid. The goal of the scammers is to obtain credit card numbers or other financial information and payment.

If a suspicious phone call is received, end the phone call and contact Homer Electric for verification and to check the status of your account.

Homer Electric has a protocol for contacting members which includes advanced notification prior to a phone call and the cooperative does not threaten to cut off power immediately.

Scammers are becoming smarter, so don’t be fooled by caller ID even if it says Homer Electric Association.

Never give anyone your personal information such as your Social Security number, bank account number or credit card number unless you initiated the conversation and you are confident the transaction is legitimate. If you have questions or need additional information, please call 1-800-478-8551.

HEA Board Election

March 14, 2018 – Four candidates will be on the ballot for the Homer Electric Association, Inc. (HEA) Board of Directors’ 2018 election. The deadline to apply for a seat on the board was March 2, 2018.

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 are seeking election to the HEA board:

• In District 1 (Kenai – Nikiski – parts of Soldotna area), the candidates are incumbent David B. Thomas of Soldotna and Jason M. Ross of Nikiski.
• In District 2 (Soldotna – Sterling – Kasilof), the candidate is incumbent Dave Carey of Soldotna.
• In District 3 (Kasilof south to Kachemak Bay area), the candidate is Roy Champagne of Anchor Point.

The ballots will be mailed to HEA members on April 2, 2018. Completed mail-in ballots must be received by mail no later than May 2, 2018, for validation. If HEA members are unable to complete a mail-in ballot, members will also have an opportunity to vote at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Members, which will be held May 3, 2018 at Homer High School.

HEA Rate Decrease in April 2018

March 19, 2018 – Homer Electric Association, Inc. (HEA) members will see a decrease in their monthly bills beginning April 1, 2018.

HEA proposes a decrease to the Cost of Power Adjustment (COPA) rate from $0.07077per kilowatt hour (kWh) to $0.06701 kWh, which is a drop of 5.32%. The COPA is adjusted on a quarterly basis and primarily reflects the cost of natural gas used to generate power for HEA members.

The average residential member who uses 550 kWh/month will see a $2.06 reduction in their bill. The primary driver for this decrease has been the ability of HEA to make purchases of spot market gas at lower prices than its base contract. These opportunities are not always available, so when they present themselves, HEA acts on the opportunity to lower costs on behalf of the membership.

The COPA decrease will be effective for all billings beginning April 1, 2018.

HEA Returns Capital Credits to Members

March 19, 2018 – Homer Electric Association, Inc. (HEA), a member-owned not-for-profit electric cooperative, is distributing $1.72 million in capital credits to its members. Distribution of capital credits will be to approximately 8,400 members and former members the week of April 16, 2018.

HEA will distribute capital credit checks to people who were members of HEA during 1987 and 1988. The amount of each check is determined by the quantity of electricity purchased during each of those years; the more electricity purchased, the greater the capital credit check will be.

The average check for someone who was a residential member in both 1987 and 1988 will be approximately $65.00.

Capital credits represent HEA members’ share of equity in the utility and is one of the benefits of being a member of an electric cooperative compared to an investor owned utility. Capital credits are based on a margin, which is the difference between total expenses and total revenues of the cooperative. Each year, HEA allocates margins to its members in proportion to the amount they paid for electric service.

While the allocation is done annually, the return of margins in the form of a capital credit check occurs at the discretion of the Board of Directors, based on the financial health of the cooperative.
Prior to refunding capital credits, the cooperative uses its margins to maintain equity and fund long-term capital projects to improve and upgrade the electrical system.

From 1960 through 2018, HEA has returned over $20.62 million in capital credits to members of the cooperative.