HEA Anticipates Base Rate Increase for 2nd Quarter 2019

March 1, 2019 –  Homer Electric Association (HEA) members will likely see a rate increase effective April 1, 2019.

HEA has submitted a filing with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA) that requests an increase to the demand and energy components of the monthly bills by five percent.  The residential energy rate increases from $0.14866 per kilowatt-hour to $0.15609 per kilowatt-hour. If approved, the new rate will mean an increase of $4.09 per month for the average HEA residential member using 550-kilowatt hours a month.

As an electric cooperative in Alaska, historically it is uncommon to see demand for electricity decrease. However, that has been the case over the past few years with many utilities, including HEA. Energy efficiency improvements and milder winters have generally reduced electric energy consumption. As a result, HEA is selling less electricity than anticipated which, in turn, decreases operating revenues needed to pay for fixed costs such as poles, wires, and generators needed to serve our members.

The last base rate change was approved by the RCA and implemented in January 2017. Pending approval from the RCA, the rate change will take effect on April 1, 2019.

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

January 17, 2019 –

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 consists of nine directors, three from each of the three Kenai Peninsula service area districts.

This year, the District 1 (Kenai-Nikiski-parts of Soldotna) seat currently held by HEA’s Board President Dan Chay will be on the ballot. In District 2 (Soldotna-Sterling-Kasilof area), the seat currently held by HEA’s Board Secretary/Treasurer Ed Oberts will be up for election. In District 3 (Kasilof-Homer-Seldovia area), HEA members will vote for the seat currently held by HEA Board of Director Bill Fry, who will not run in this year’s election as his nine-year term limit has ended.

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

Members interested in putting their name 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 1, 2019. Completed packets can be submitted at either the Kenai or Homer HEA offices.

Ballots will be mailed to HEA members on April 1, 2019, and the results will be tabulated and announced at the Annual Meeting of the Members on May 2, 2019, at Kenai Central High School.

Brief Outage Due to Load Shed

December 26, 2018: Approximately 7,998 Homer Electric Association (HEA) members experienced a brief outage early this morning. Chugach Electric alerted HEA of a broken insulator on the 115 kV transmission line near Portage, which caused the outage. This resulted in frequency variations which required HEA to shed load and disconnect power to keep the balance and avoid shutting down HEA’s entire system.

Several areas of HEA’s service territory lost power at 3:23 AM and all were restored by 3:30 AM.  Thank you for your patience during this time.

Students Conserve Energy and Win Prizes

November 27, 2018 – More than 3,000 students from 128 sixth through eighth grade classrooms around the state participated in the 2018 Power Pledge Challenge, an initiative aimed at helping youth better understand energy use. This year’s campaign covered the largest geographic area of the initiative to date with students competing for regional and statewide prizes. A seventh grade science class from Hanshew Middle School in Anchorage is this year’s statewide winner.

Utilities and organizations from the Matanuska Susitna valley, Anchorage, the Kenai Peninsula, Juneau, and statewide hosted the challenge as part of Energy Awareness Month, recognized every year in October. In the Challenge, students completed a hands-on activity from the AK EnergySmart curriculum, learned how to calculate the cost of appliance use and discovered ways to reduce their energy usage at home. Students then conducted an online home energy audit with their families and identified specific actions they would take to use energy more efficiently.

Susan Tifental’s 3rd period science class at Hanshew Middle School is the 2018 statewide winner. The class will be awarded a pizza party, energy related classroom materials worth $1,700 and a tour of the South- Central Power Project . Five regional winners each earned a pizza party and/or a tour of a local power plant.

“The energy awareness lesson brought to the schools by the Power Pledge Challenge partners is an excellent introduction to the 7th grade energy unit,” says Tifental, “Students are interested and engaged in the activities due to their relevant, local content. They especially liked learning about the energy consumption of the light bulbs in the Arctic Star. My students are very pleased to have won the Power Pledge Challenge and are looking forward to visiting the power plant.”

The winning classes are:
● Statewide Winner: Susan Tifental’s 3rd period class from Hanshew Middle School (Anchorage)
● Anchorage Regional Winner: Carole McKee’s 2nd period class from Mears Middle School
● Juneau Regional Winner: James White’s 4th period class from Dzantik’i Heeni Middle School
● Homer Electric Regional Winner: Patrick Dwyer’s 6th period class from Skyview Middle School
● Mat-Su and Eagle River Regional Winner: David Knopp’s 6th period class from Teeland Middle School
● City of Seward Regional Winner: Clay Ellsworth’s 6th period class from Seward Middle School
The Power Pledge Challenge began in 2012, offering energy presentations to 700 students in the Anchorage area. The now statewide initiative is held through support of Alaska Electric Light & Power, Alaska Energy Authority, Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, Alaska Village Electric Cooperative, Chugach Electric Association, City of Seward, Homer Electric Association, Matanuska Electric Association, Municipal Light & Power and Renewable Energy Alaska Project.

Scammers Impersonating HEA

September 26, 2018 – Homer Electric Association, Inc. (HEA) is again getting reports from area businesses regarding suspicious HEA impersonators over the phone, as well as in person.

There has been a recent report of an individual, posing as an HEA representative, confronting local businesses in person and threatening to disconnect their power if payment is not made immediately. This is not HEA’s protocol. Please call your local authorities if an impersonator confronts you.

In addition, business members have received phone calls from fraudulent callers impersonating a utility representative and requesting payment for the customer’s supposed past due bill.  The fraudulent caller 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 HEA for verification and to check the status of your account.

HEA has a protocol for contacting members to make payment arrangements for past due bills.

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.

Wind and Trees Cause Multiple Outages on September 24

September 25, 2018 – Homer Electric Association, Inc. (HEA) crews responded to multiple outages throughout the day and into the late evening hours on Monday, September 24, 2018 in response to scattered outages caused by high winds and trees on lines. The outages affected approximately 7,000 members in the following areas:

• Areas in Sterling
• Beaver Loop Road
• Downtown Soldotna from Safeway toward the Soldotna Bridge
• Inlet Woods Subdivision, Kenai – Cause of outage due to underground fault
• K-Beach Road from Soldotna Bridge intersection to CES building (mile 15 K-Beach Road)
• Mackey Lake Road area
• Numerous outages along Kenai Spur Highway from Kenai to Soldotna
• Numerous outages in Nikiski
• Numerous outages along Ridgeway in Soldotna

Thank you for your patience during this time. Remember to stay away from downed power lines, which may still be live, and call HEA at 888-868-8243 or 911 to report it immediately.

Area wide outage on September 14

September 14, 2018 – Homer Electric Association, Inc. (HEA) experienced an area wide outage on Friday, September 14, 2018 at 2:03 PM that affected approximately 3,361 members. Power was restored to all members at 2:16 PM.

The cause of the outage was the result of a Railbelt generator tripping offline causing a frequency excursion that created a load shed event on the HEA system.

HEA anticipates rate increase for 4th quarter 2018

Homer Electric Association (HEA) members will likely see a rate increase effective October 1, 2018.

HEA has submitted a filing with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA) that requested an increase in the Cost of Power Adjustment (COPA) from $0.07270 per kilowatt-hour to $0.08151per kilowatt-hour.

COPA reflects the cost of the fuel purchased by HEA to generate electricity and is adjusted on a quarterly basis.

If approved, the new rate will mean an increase of $4.85 per month for the average HEA residential member using 550-kilowatt hours a month. The increase is in anticipation of the unavailability of HEA’s Nikiski Plant due to routine turnaround maintenance and inspection in October. This will require HEA to temporarily obtain power from other sources not as cost efficient as Nikiski.

Pending approval from the RCA, the rate change will be effective October 1, 2018.