March 16, 2018 Outage in Seldovia

Homer Electric Association, Inc. (HEA) experienced an outage starting Friday night, March 16, 2018 at 6:30 PM in Seldovia. The initial outage affected 192 members from Seldovia to Nanwalek. At 7:15 PM the generator in Port Graham was put on line and power was restored to 178 members in Port Graham and Nanwalek. Fourteen members along Willard Way in Seldovia still remained without power until a crew could fly the line and make repairs on Saturday afternoon. At 3:16 PM, the HEA crew found a faulted jumper and completed repairs at 5:55 PM, returning power to the remaining 14 members.

March 3, 2018 Multiple Outages

March 5, 2018 – Homer Electric Association, Inc. (HEA) crews responded to multiple outages throughout the day on Saturday, March 3, 2018 in response to scattered outages in the Homer area. The outages affected the following areas:

  • Homer McDonalds, cause of outage was a broken fuse holder and lighting arrestor
  • Ocean Drive Loop in Homer, 69 members, cause of outage was a broken fuse holder
  • Ben Walters Lane in Homer, 105 members, cause of outage was a broken fuse holder and lighting arrestor
  • North of Homer along the Old Sterling Highway, 110members, no cause was found

February 6th Seldovia Outage

February 7, 2018 – Homer Electric Association, Inc. (HEA) experienced an outage yesterday, February 6, 2018 at 4:18 AM leaving 621 members without power due to a broken insulator and burnt up cross arm on the power line supplying Seldovia. By 5:20 AM HEA Dispatch was able to bring up generators in Port Graham and Seldovia to supply backup power to members. However, the generator in Seldovia tripped off line at 7:32 AM which left 375 members without power. Transportation to the other side of the bay due to heavy fog conditions delayed HEA crews from being able to make it over to Seldovia to initiate repairs. The crews completed repairs at 3:15 PM and power was restored to all remaining members. Thank you for your patience during this time.

HEA Maintenance Work Scheduled in Nikiski

October 31, 2017 – Homer Electric crews will be working on a maintenance project from Bernice Lake to Wildwood, to include North and South Miller Loop and South Holt Lamplight in Nikiski starting on November 6, 2017 and lasting until the end of the year.

The crews will be installing new fuses along the power line that will improve the reliability of electric service.

The work may require a brief power outage in the area the crew is at on a particular day.

If an outage is required, the outage will be isolated to the location the crew is working and may last up to 10 minutes and no longer than an hour. No HEA member will see more than one outage related to the maintenance work.

If you have questions or need additional information, please call 1-800-478-8551.

October 15, 2017 Outage

Homer Electric Association, Inc. (HEA) members experienced a brief power outage Sunday morning, October 15, 2017.

The outage that affected 3,642 members started at approximately 4:25 AM and power was restored seven minutes later at 4:32 AM to all members.

The cause was due to Municipal Light and Power (ML&P) in Anchorage loosing generation; and destabilizing the line power. This in turn caused HEA’s system to start a load shed event.

Oct. 8, 2017 Outage

Homer Electric Association, Inc. (HEA) crews responded to an outage on Sunday afternoon, October 8, 2017, at approximately 3:20 pm affecting 2,761 members from south of Soldotna to Clam Gulch, and from the Sterling Highway to the fire station on K-Beach Rd.

HEA identified a fault inside the Kasilof Substation, which caused the substation to trip offline. By 4:35 pm, HEA crews restored power to 653 members from the Sterling Highway to the fire station on K-Beach Rd. By 5:35 pm, power was restored to all the remaining members south of Soldotna to Clam Gulch.

HEA Anticipates Rate Decrease for 4th Quarter 2017

Homer Electric Association (HEA) members will likely see a rate decrease effective October 1, 2017.

HEA has submitted a filing with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA) that decreases the Cost of Power Adjustment (COPA) from $0.07205 per kilowatt-hour to $0.06805 per kilowatt-hour.
COPA reflects the cost of the fuel purchased by HEA to generate electricity and is adjusted on a quarterly basis.

The new rate will mean a decrease of $2.20 per month for the average HEA residential member using 550-kilowatt hours a month.

Pending approval from the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, the rate change will be effective October 1, 2017.

Power Pledge Challenge Kicks Off October Energy Awareness Month

September 22, 2017 –  Over 2,000 students will learn about energy efficiency next month and compete for prizes statewide as part of the Power Pledge Challenge. Utilities and organizations from Mat-Su, Anchorage, Kenai Peninsula, and Juneau host the challenge as part of Energy Awareness Month, recognized every year in October. In the challenge, students complete a hands-on activity from the AK EnergySmart curriculum; learn how to calculate their energy usage, and ways to reduce their usage at home. They then conduct an online home energy audit with their families and identify specific actions they will take to use energy more efficiently.

Over the past five years, this challenge has grown from 700 students in Anchorage to more than 2,200 throughout the state competing for regional and statewide prizes. Last year’s statewide prize winning teacher, Mayme Troutman from Wasilla Middle School, said, “It’s important for students to be aware of the concept of energy and how it affects them. In 8th grade physical science the students take a deeper look at how energy is changed, transferred and the monetary/environmental impacts energy has on everybody.”

Each region will award one class with a pizza party with a special guest and/or power plant tour. The statewide “grand” prize is a pizza party and $1,200 worth of energy-related classroom supplies.
There are still spots available for teachers to sign up in all four regions.

The dates for presentations are below:

Mat-Su/Eagle River: September 18th – 29th; 8th grade science classes
Homer/Kenai: October 2nd – 13th; 6th and 7th grade science classes
Juneau: October 9th – 20th; 6th grade science classes
Anchorage: October 9th – 20th; 7th grade science classes

The Power Pledge Challenge is held through support of Alaska Energy Light & Power, Alaska Energy Authority, Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, Chugach Electric Association, ENSTAR Natural Gas Co., Homer Electric Association, Matanuska Electric Association, Municipal Light and Power, and Renewable Energy Alaska Project.

High Winds Cause Multiple Power Outages

September 6, 2017. Homer Electric Association, Inc., (HEA) experienced multiple power outages due to high winds around the Central Kenai Peninsula on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.

HEA crews and staff worked around the clock beginning September 5, 2017 until September 6, 2017 to restore power to members around the Central Kenai Peninsula. Strong winds caused considerable damage to HEA’s system provoking several scattered outages in the Nikiski, Kenai, Kalifornsky Beach Road, Kasilof, Soldotna and Sterling areas. Downed power lines and fallen trees across power lines were the familiar scene across the Central Kenai Peninsula.

Please be aware of the dangers of downed power lines. If you encounter downed power lines, please avoid the area and call your local HEA office. Homer Electric Association, Inc. appreciates your patience during this time.  As a reminder, please take precautions to protect sensitive electronic equipment. If you are ever without power, please call 1-888-8OUTAGE. Thank you for your patience.

Scattered Power Outages on August 29

August 30, 2017 – Homer Electric Association, Inc., (HEA) experienced multiple power outages due to high winds in the Soldotna/Nikiski/Sterling areas on Tuesday, August 29, 2017.
The first outage came in around 9:44 AM with 25 members reporting no power in the Nikiski area. HEA responded to a downed power line along Island Lake Road and Village Avenue. The crew completed repairs at 12:47 PM.

The second outage came in at 10:54 AM. This outage left 712 members without power in the Scout Lake Loop and Funny River areas of Sterling/Soldotna. The crew found another power line down due to a fallen tree. The crew was initially able to restore power to 350 members at 12:54 PM and then proceeded to make repairs to the downed line. The remaining 362 member’s power was back on at 3:31 PM.

The third outage occurred at Mile 106 of the Sterling Highway at 11:30 AM leaving 11 members without power. The cause of the outage was another tree on the lines. The crew completed repairs by 1:40 PM and restored power to all members.

The fourth outage at 12:16 PM at Forelands and Kenai Spur Highway was a downed power line caused by a tree falling through the line. Seven members saw their power restored by 2:22 PM.

Please remember to stay away from downed power lines as this can result in serious injury or even death. Call 911 or HEA if you come across a fallen power line. DO NOT attempt to get out of your car if the line is in the road or lands on your car.