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

2018 Election: Four (4) Candidates for the KEA Board of Directors

Four (4) cooperative members are candidates for the three (3) three-year seats open for election this year on the KEA Board of Directors:  Stosh Anderson, Michael C. Brechan, Cliff Davidson, and Tyler Kornelis.

Members with questions for the candidates are invited to contact them directly.

The Notice of Annual Membership Meeting, Ballots, and Annual Report will be mailed to all KEA members on Thursday, March 29, 2018.  All voted ballots must be returned in the postage-paid return envelopes that are provided with KEA’s voting packet.  KEA’s last pick up of the ballots at the post office will be at noon on Friday, April 20, 2018.

Election results will be announced at KEA’s 76th Annual Membership Meeting on Monday, April 23, 2018 in the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium.  The meeting will be called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Cliff Davidson, Chairman of the KEA Board of Directors.

The signed, postmarked return envelopes will be entered into prize drawings during the Annual Membership Meeting and winners need not be present to win.  The prizes are two (2) $250 certificates for electricity and two (2) round-trips for two (2) to the Terror Lake Hydroelectric Facility.

Posted in Annual Membership Meeting, Board of Directors, Uncategorized

Construction Contractor Selected for Upper Hidden Basin Diversion Project

Terror Lake Hydroelectric Dam

Kodiak Electric Association, Inc. (KEA) has selected Kiewit as the construction contractor to build the Upper Hidden Basin Diversion. This project will increase the amount of annual hydropower production generated at the existing Terror Lake Hydroelectric Facility by an additional 33 million kilowatt-hours, which will add about 25 percent more energy to the Facility. The additional hydropower production will go straight into the existing KEA grid for the direct benefit of KEA’s members. The Terror Lake Hydroelectric Facility is the primary source of KEA’s energy supply and is the cornerstone to KEA’s renewable wind-hydro energy generation system.

When the Terror Lake Hydroelectric Facility was constructed in the 1980’s, it included three additional watershed diversions that supply additional water to the hydropower system for increased energy production capability in addition to the Terror Lake reservoir.  A fourth watershed diversion named the Upper Hidden Basin Diversion was also investigated during the original development of the facility.  This diversion was not built at the time due to the added expense and because the community did not need that power resource then, but it was recommended as the most cost-effective way to add future incremental power to the Terror Lake Facility and to the community grid when the growth in power demand in Kodiak justified it.  The time has come for KEA to expand the Terror Lake Hydroelectric Facility by adding the Upper Hidden Basin Diversion.

The Upper Hidden Basin Diversion Project follows the KEA Board of Directors’ vision to maintain 98 percent of kilowatt-hour sales with cost effective renewable power solutions.  Since 2014, KEA has had near-100 percent renewable portfolio generated from the Terror Lake Hydroelectric Facility and the Pillar Mountain Wind Farm.  Generating green power from local sources has also kept the cooperative’s electric rates stable while eliminating fossil-fuel emissions by not running diesel generators.

Kiewit is mobilizing the equipment for the project and is scheduled to begin construction this June.  Commercial operation is projected for the fall of 2020.

Kiewit is a highly-qualified construction firm that specializes in remote Alaskan construction projects and served as the general contractor for the original construction of the Terror Lake Hydroelectric Facility.

Posted in Board of Directors, Renewable Energy, Terror Lake Hydroelectric Facility, Uncategorized

KEA 2018 Voter Registration – What Name’s on YOUR Account?

KEA Voter Registration is Easy with KEA’s Member Services!

Is YOUR name on YOUR KEA account?  That means you can vote in KEA elections, be entered into KEA prize drawings, and earn capital credits!

The Notice of Annual Membership Meeting, Ballots, and Annual Report will be mailed to KEA members on March 29, 2018. KEA’s bylaws state that each member is entitled to one vote.  A husband and wife or any other two persons who occupy the same household and have both names on the account jointly act as a member. A ballot is voided if a spouse not listed on the account signs the ballot envelope!

If you are uncertain about the name(s) listed on your account, please call Member Services at 486.7701.  We’ll be happy to explain the simple procedure to add your spouse’s name on the account. Any changes to be in effect for this year’s election process must be made before February 28, 2018.

Business Accounts (Corporations, Partnerships, and Sole Proprietorships) should annually update their list of officers/owners authorized to vote on behalf of the account.

Posted in Annual Membership Meeting, Board of Directors, Uncategorized

Calling All 2018 KEA Board Candidates!

Terror Lake Hydroelectric Dam

Three Seats up for Election on the KEA Board of Directors

Deadline to file:  March 14, 2018

Do you want to serve on the KEA Board of Directors?  Stop by the KEA office at 1614 Mill Bay Road to pick up a Nominating Petition Packet.  This packet has important information about serving on the board and the documents necessary for you to complete to become a candidate.  To be an eligible candidate, you must be a member of KEA.

KEA members elect the nine directors to the KEA Board to represent their interests in the governance of the cooperative.  Each year, KEA members elect three members to serve on the board of directors through a formal democratic voting process by mail.  The term of office for each of the nine directors expires on a staggered basis, and incumbent board members can seek re-election with no maximum length of service.  All directors are elected for terms of three years and serve until their successors have been elected or appointed.  This year, the seats currently held by Stosh Anderson, Michael Brechan, and Cliff Davidson are up for election.

 Your Completed Nominating Petition Packet must include:  

· Director Candidate Eligibility Check List

· 2018 Nominating Petition with at least 15 valid KEA member signatures

· Candidate Written Profile

· Candidate Photograph

 The deadline to submit your completed packet is 5 p.m. on March 14, 2018. 

 It’s all about Community…serving on the KEA Board of Directors.

Posted in Annual Membership Meeting, Board of Directors, Uncategorized

$37,000 in Scholarships – Application Deadline is February 16, 2018

This Could Be You in 2018!

Annually, Kodiak Electric Association (KEA) awards scholarships to high school seniors and adult learners in our service area who are heading to college, university, trade, or technical schools.  For 2018, there are a total of fifteen (15) scholarships available for graduating high school seniors and full-and-part-time continuing education students.  Five Academic scholarships, three Vocational/Career and Technical Education scholarships, and seven Continuing Education scholarships will be awarded in April, 2018.

The application deadline is February 16, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. at the KEA office.

Recipients will have demonstrated leadership potential and the capacity to make a significant contribution to the cooperative and community upon completion of their formal educations.

There are two separate applications, and full eligibility guidelines are included in each application packet.  Click below to download:

Application:  2018 Graduating High School Seniors (pursuing Academic OR Vocational/Career and Technical Education)

Application:  2018 Continuing Education Students (pursuing Academic OR Vocational/Career and Technical Education)

Questions about the scholarships, applications, or selection process?  Contact Nancy B. Sweeney, Communication/Human Resource Specialist, at 907.486.7700.

Posted in Annual Membership Meeting, Board of Directors, Scholarships, Uncategorized

KEA Employees’ 2017 Food Drive – Community Caring!

KEA Employees Care!

This year, KEA employees held our annual food drive from November 7 – December 4, with boxes for each department to fill.  There was friendly competition to see which department would contribute the most!  We collected over 395 pounds of canned and dry goods, along with a $420 Safeway gift card and $50 cash.  Our donations were enthusiastically picked up by Joe Buhlig, Kodiak Island Food Bank’s new Director, on December 6.

Sharing the Blessings of the Season has been an annual event for KEA employees since 2011, and helps to make the holiday season even brighter for community members who are in need of assistance!

The Kodiak Island Food Bank is always in need of food and monetary donations, and all donations are gratefully accepted.  The Food Bank fights hunger and serves over 285 households, which averages around 1,000 individuals in Kodiak and five surrounding villages.  Their website is

Posted in Employees, Uncategorized