July 31 Outage in Homer

August 1, 2019 – Homer Electric Association, Inc. (HEA) crews responded to a report of a wire down as a result of a vehicle hitting a power pole at mile 8 of East End Rd. in Homer at 7:13 PM on Wednesday, July 31, 2019. Upon assessment, HEA crews found that the pole was broken and needed to be replaced immediately.

To safely replace the pole, an outage was needed to make the repairs. The outage began at 1:18 AM affecting approximately 1,500 members in the East End Rd. area. HEA crews worked throughout the evening and into the early morning hours restoring power by 5:20 AM on August 1, 2019.

South Bay Outage

July 16, 2019 – Homer Electric Association, Inc. (HEA) experienced an outage that affected 168 members in the Jakolof Bay area on Monday, July 15, 2019 at 11:36 AM.

HEA restored power to all members at 4:39 PM. The cause of the outage was a broken insulator. Port Graham, Nanwalek and Seldovia also experienced a brief outage until they were place on local backup generation.

Swan Lake Fire

June 24, 2019 – At the request of the Swan Lake Fire Crews, HEA has de-energized the Southern 115 kV transmission line between Sterling Substation and Quartz Creek Substation. This will allow the fire crews to safely work around the transmission lines.

For information about the Swan Lake Fire, please go towww.kpboem.com or call the OEM Call Center at 907-262-INFO.

Additional links for updates and information:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6387/

HEA Has De-Energized Transmission Tie Line Due To Swan Lake Fire

HEA Has De-Energized Transmission Tie Line Due To Swan Lake Fire

6-14-19 Outage

June 17, 2019 – Homer Electric Association, Inc. (HEA) crews responded to a power outage affecting more than 900 members on Friday night, June 14, 2019 when a power pole in the Tote Road area of Soldotna was knocked down by a hit and run vehicle.

In addition, the incident resulted in a small ground fire causing HEA to remove the power to the circuit supporting this power pole. By 9:14 PM the pole had been isolated and power was restored to all but 11 members. At 1:15 AM, June 15, all remaining members’ power had been restored.

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

Rate Decrease in July 2019

June 17, 2019 – Homer Electric Association, Inc. (HEA) members will likely see a decrease in their monthly bills beginning July 1, 2019, if the filing with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA) is approved.

HEA proposes a decrease to the Cost of Power Adjustment (COPA) rate from $0.08153 per kilowatt hour (kWh) to $0.07157 per kWh. The COPA is adjusted on a quarterly basis and primarily reflects the cost of natural gas used to generate power for HEA members as well as purchased power. HEA anticipates using more lower cost hydroelectric power from the state’s Bradley Lake hydroelectric project over the coming quarter due to an abnormally high reservoir level at this time of year.

The average residential member who uses 550 kWh/month will see a 12.2% or $5.48 decrease in their monthly bill. Pending approval from the RCA, the COPA decrease will be effective for all billings beginning July 1, 2019.

HEA Members Elect Directors at 2019 Annual Meeting

May 3, 2019 – Homer Electric Association members elected three directors at the cooperative’s 69th Annual Meeting of the Members in Kenai on May 2, 2019.

In District 1 (Kenai – Nikiski – parts of Soldotna area), incumbent director Dan Chay of Kenai ran unopposed and was elected to another three-year term.

In District 2 (Soldotna – Sterling- Kasilof area), incumbent director Ed Oberts of Soldotna ran against Ed Schmitt of Soldotna. Incumbent Ed Oberts was re-elected to represent District 2.

In District 3 (South Kasilof – Kachemak Bay area), Erin McKittrick of Seldovia ran against Gregory C. Martin, Jr. of Homer. Voters elected Erin McKittrick to represent District 3.

The Annual Meeting drew a crowd of over 300 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.

Safety Poster Contest
HEA’s annual Safety Poster Contest elevates awareness of electrical energy by challenging 3rd and 4th graders to think about the benefits, as well as potential hazards, associated with electric use.  Students are encouraged to create a safety message that can be expressed through art.

BEST SAFETY MESSAGE
Jovee Matson, 3rd Grade……………………………………. Soldotna Montessori Charter School

MOST CREATIVE MESSAGE
Atlas Burke, 4th Grade……………………………………………………… Connections Homeschool

MOST HUMOROUS MESSAGE
River Kruzick, 3rd Grade………………………………………………. K-Beach Elementary School

Youth Rally
The Youth Rally is a week long summer camp specifically tailored for high school students in grades 10 and 11, designed to develop leadership skills, foster teamwork, strengthen communication techniques, highlight the unique qualities of electric cooperatives and increase awareness regarding important issues faced by the utility industry.   The Youth Rally is held in Idaho and is a joint effort between statewide co-ops and the National Rural Electric Cooperative.

Olivia Davis, 10th Grade………………………………………………………… Soldotna High School

Katie Delker, 10th Grade………………………………………………………… Soldotna High School

 

Scholarship Program                                                                                                         HEA’s Scholarship Program is an outreach investment opportunity available to high school seniors and adults in pursuit of higher education.  The award value and scholarship quantity is determined annually by the Board of Directors and funded by the interest earned on unclaimed capital credits.

HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR – $1,000 SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS
Justin Cox………………………………………………………………………………. Niksiki High School
Carlee Rizzo…………………………………………………………………………… Niksiki High School
Maria Salzetti……………………………………………………………….. Kenai Central High School
Kortney Birch………………………………………………………………………. Soldotna High School
Michael David Michael…………………………………………………………. Soldotna High School
Hunter Moos………………………………………………………………………….. Cook Inlet Academy
Katelyn Davis…………………………………………………………………………. Homer High School
Dexter Lowe…………………………………………………………………………… Homer High School
Rylyn Todd…………………………………………………………………………….. Homer High School

RETURNING STUDENT CATEGORY – $1,000 SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS
Kirsten Hinz
Chelsea Holsonbake
Timothy Lehman

Homer Electric Returns Capital Credits to Members

April 12, 2019 – Homer Electric Association, Inc. (HEA), a member-owned not-for-profit electric cooperative, is distributing $1.9 million in capital credits to its members. The capital credits will be distributed to approximately 8,500 members and former members the week of April 22, 2019.

The capital credit checks are being distributed to people who were members of HEA during 1988 and 1989. The amount of each check is determined by the quantity of electricity purchased during each of those years; the more electricity purchased, the larger the capital credit check will be.

The average check for someone who was a residential member in both 1988 and 1989 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. Capital credits are based on margins, which are 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.

 

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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