The 2018 Terror Lake Prize Trip

At KEA’s Annual Membership Meeting on April 23, 2018, prize drawings included two round-trips for two to the Terror Lake Hydroelectric Project on September 6, 2018.  Prize Winners  Terry Gunter  and Kenny Nelson were unable to make the trip, so they invited Kerri Gunter, Elliot Blacha, Katrina Refior, and Nancy Sweeney to make the tour.  On the way over, the travelers enjoyed a short scenic flight with Andrew Airways Pilot Josh Shine, who pointed out the names of landscape features along the way.

After landing at beautiful Kizhuyak Bay, near the jetty of the Terror Lake Project, Aaron Ellison,  Power Generation Technician at Terror Lake, was their tour guide to provide a thorough understanding of the hydro project.  The group toured the powerhouse, hydroelectric generators, tailrace channel, steel penstock, diversion structures, dam, and reservoir. They saw firsthand where the water resources come from, and how the water supplies renewable energy for Kodiak communities.  They also learned how the Terror Lake Hydroelectric Project works in conjunction with the Pillar Mountain Wind Project and Battery Energy Storage System, enabling KEA to achieve 98.3% of our power from cost effective renewable energy in 2017.

The travelers were filled with praise at the end of their journey!  Here are some of the things they had to say:

“Elliot and I were delighted to visit Terror Lake last week.  The site is so well maintained and clean that it’s hard to believe that it was built in the early 1980’s.  We were pleased to see that everything possible is being done to reduce our dependence on diesel.” – Kerri Gunter

“I was surprised at how close the site is to Kodiak, and I couldn’t help but wish more in the community could have the opportunity to see how the facility works and how beautiful it is.  We couldn’t have wished for a more pleasant day to visit and Aaron was a perfect host! ” – Elliot Blacha

“What a joy to be able to see firsthand how our power is generated.  All of the work and the vision that had gone into the project is unbelievable.  Being in this beautiful and remote location just brings home how blessed we are to be able to receive renewable generated electricity that keeps our isle ’emerald’.  It was a wonderful experience.” – Katrina Refior

 “The Terror Lake Hydroelectric Facility is truly an amazing source of renewable power for our remote island community – now and for the future.  Thank you for the opportunity to see it first hand!” – Nancy Sweeney

Posted in Annual Membership Meeting, Terror Lake Hydroelectric Facility, Uncategorized

2018 KEA Scholarship Award Recipients

$37,000 awarded in 2018 scholarships!

Congratulations to the 2018 KEA Scholarship Award Recipients!  Fifteen scholarships totaling $37,000 were awarded this year to graduating high school seniors and full-time continuing education students.

KEA scholarships are funded through the KEA Educational Foundation.  The money comes from donated capital credits and KEA’s Operation Round Up® Program.  Donations are tax deductible.

2018 Graduating High School Academic Scholarship Recipients

$12,000        Marion Soule Scholarship                                    Hunter Blair

$  3,500        Academic Scholarship                                           Marina Cummiskey

$  3,500        Academic Scholarship                                           Kiae Shin

$  2,500        Academic Scholarship                                           Josiah Fish

$  1,250        Academic Scholarship                                            Edlen Mangosing

$  1,250        Academic Scholarship                                            Torataro Oka

$  1,000        Academic Scholarship                                           Solomia Bushell

$  1,000        Academic Scholarship                                           Zxyrelle Tabanan

2018 Vocational/Career and Technical Education Scholarship Recipients

$  2,000        Vocational/C&T Education Scholarship            Hunter Smude

$  1,500        Vocational/C&T Education Scholarship             Anthony Alvey

$  1,500        Vocational/C&T Education Scholarship             Matthew Schauff

2018 Full-Time Continuing Education Scholarship Recipients

$  1,500        Full-Time Continuing Education Scholarship      Al Asuncion

$  1,500        Full-Time Continuing Education Scholarship      John Dunlop

$  1,500        Full-Time Continuing Education Scholarship      Brianna Gibbs

$  1,500        Full-Time Continuing Education Scholarship      Beatriz Recinos-Pineda

Support of education and training is one of the seven principles that guide cooperatives in reflecting the best interest of their members.  Our scholarship program was designed to offer financial assistance to selected graduating seniors and continuing education students who show leadership potential and the capacity to make a significant contribution to the Kodiak or Port Lions community upon completion of their formal education.

Posted in Board of Directors, Scholarships, Uncategorized

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry visits Kodiak and KEA

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry traveled to Alaska this week to see renewable energy projects in rural areas, and visited Kodiak to tour a portion of KEA’s unique electric utility grid on May 1.  The trip was organized by Senator Lisa Murkowski’s office through the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

To start their visit, KEA’s President/CEO Darron Scott gave Perry, Murkowski, and several staff members a presentation on how KEA has developed the cooperative’s sustainable, renewable energy grid with environmental stewardship. KEA owns, operates, and maintains a hydroelectric facility, a cutting edge wind farm with a battery bank utilizing hydro and wind resources as an integrated renewable generation system.  Since 2014, KEA has had nearly 100% of kilowatt hour sales with cost-effective, renewable power solutions.

Following the presentation, the group got to see first hand the Pillar Mountain Wind Farm and battery and flywheel energy storage devices and learn how the cooperative deals with cyber security.  They also viewed Kodiak’s electric shipping crane.

KEA appreciates the delegation’s interest in KEA’s renewable energy systems and how the remote island grid’s operation may apply to other issues on the national level.

 

Posted in Pillar Mountain Wind Farm, Renewable Energy, Report from the President/CEO, Terror Lake Hydroelectric Facility, Uncategorized

KEA 2018 Board Election Results

Your 2018/2019 KEA Board of Directors

A total of 221 registered members were in attendance at KEA’s 76th Annual Membership Meeting on April 23, 2018 when registration concluded.  Thank you to everyone who worked to make it a success, and to all those who attended!

The Balloting Results were: Stosh Anderson – 682 votes,  Michael C. Brechan – 662 votes, Cliff Davidson – 656 votes, and Tyler Kornelis – 618 votes.  As a result of the election, Stosh Anderson, Michael C. Brechan, and Cliff Davidson were seated in three-year terms of office.

At a Board Meeting on April 24, 2018, the Board elected officers and set the date and time for the monthly Regular Board meetings for the upcoming year.  The results of the election of officers were:  Chairman – Cliff Davidson, Vice Chairman – Ron Acarregui, and Secretary/Treasurer – Stosh Anderson.

The monthly Regular Meetings of the Board of Directors will be held on the fourth Thursday of every month, and will begin at noon, with exceptions in the months of  November and December, 2018.

Posted in Annual Membership Meeting, Board of Directors, Uncategorized

Make Plans to Attend the KEA Annual Membership Meeting on April 23!

Every Registered Member Will Receive an Electric Energy Credit!

You’re invited to come to the 76th Annual KEA Membership Meeting on Monday, April 23, 2018 in the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium!

Doors Open for Registration: 6:30 p.m.

Pre-Meeting KEA Slide Show: 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Business Meeting Called to Order: 7:00 p.m.

Learn more about YOUR electric cooperative, hear election results for the Board of Directors, win great door prizes, and enjoy catching up with your friends and neighbors.

Every member who registers and attends the meeting will receive an Electric Energy Credit!

Posted in Annual Membership Meeting, Board of Directors, Report from the President/CEO, Uncategorized

2018 KEA Board Candidate Election – It’s Time to Vote!

2018 KEA Voting Packet

The Notice of KEA’s 76th Annual Membership Meeting, Voting Packet and Annual Report were mailed to all KEA members on March 29.  Have YOU voted yet?

Your signed post-marked ballot envelope enters YOU into grand prize drawings for two (2) $250 certificates for free electricity and two (2) round-trips for two (2) to the Terror Lake Hydroelectric Facility!

Remember to mark and return your ballot by mail in the postage-paid envelope provided.  Make your vote count…the last pickup of ballots at the U.S. Post Office will be at noon on Friday, April 20.  Vote early!

All members actively participate in setting the cooperative’s policies and in making decisions through your locally elected Board of Directors.  Every member of the cooperative has a voice and a vote.

Election results will be announced at KEA’s Annual Membership Meeting on Monday, April 23 in the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium.  The doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m.  Mark your calendar and make plans to attend this exciting community event!  Every member who registers and attends the meeting will receive an Electric Energy Credit!

Posted in Annual Membership Meeting, Board of Directors, Uncategorized

YOU Get the Credit (Cash Back) on your March Bill!

YOU Get the Credit! Cash Back!

YOU Get the Credit! Cash Back!

It’s time for YOU to get the credit – capital credits, that is – for helping build, sustain, and grow your locally owned and operated electric cooperative!

Each year, the KEA Board of Directors reviews the Cooperative’s financial picture and determines the the annual capital credit retirement. At the Regular Meeting of March 22, 2018, the Board took action to return 1.34% of the total unretired capital credits on file for 2017 – $750,000!

Active KEA members will receive a credit on their March monthly billing, and inactive members will be mailed checks.

When you signed up to receive electric service from Kodiak Electric Association, you became a member of our electric cooperative. While investor-owned utilities return a portion of any profits back to their shareholders, electric cooperatives operate on an at-cost basis. So, instead of returning leftover funds, known as margins, to investors who might not live in the same geographical location or even the same state as you do, Kodiak Electric Association allocates and retires capital credits based on how much electricity you, our members, purchased.

Each member’s credit allocation is accumulated and totaled over the period of time that the member receives service. Each member earns the same percentage on their purchases, although the actual dollar amount credited will vary from member to member because it is based on total individual purchases.

Receiving capital credits is just one more way that Kodiak Electric Association is looking out for you!

Posted in Board of Directors, Capital Credits, Uncategorized