2017 Election: Five (5) Candidates for the KEA Board of Directors

Five (5) cooperative members are candidates for the three (3) three-year seats open for election this year on the KEA Board of Directors:  Ron Acarregui, Cliff Ford, Terry Haines, Tyler Kornelis, and Ben Millstein.

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 30, 2017.  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 21, 2017.

Election results will be announced at KEA’s 75th Annual Membership Meeting on Monday, April 24, 2017 in the Kodiak Harbor Convention Center.  The meeting will be called to order at 6:30 p.m. by Cliff Davidson, Chairman of the KEA Board of Directors.

The signed, postmarked return envelopes will be entered into grand prize drawings for two (2) $750 certificates for electricity during the Annual Membership Meeting and winners need not be present to win.

Posted in Annual Membership Meeting, Board of Directors, Uncategorized

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

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

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, earn capital credits, and be entered into KEA prize drawings!

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.

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.

The Notice of Annual Membership Meeting, Ballots, and Annual Report Highlights will be mailed to KEA members on March 30, 2017.  A ballot is voided if a spouse not listed on the account signs it!  Any changes to be in effect for this year’s election process must be made before March 1, 2017.

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, Uncategorized

Wind Turbine Number One Under Repair

Pillar Mountain Wind Turbines: Three, Two and One

KEA’s advanced early warning monitoring system detected a problem with the gear box of Wind Turbine Number One, which is the turbine closest to the Kodiak airport. Our technicians then performed a visual inspection, which revealed a crack in the main gear.  This gearbox will need to be replaced.  It is located inside the unit’s nacelle (machine head) on the tower 262 feet high above Pillar Mountain.

The unit will be out of power production until spring, when the weather and road conditions up Pillar Mountain are safe to mobilize a crane to perform the necessary work. This type of maintenance was expected to arise, and a plan is in place to replace the gearbox.

The 9 MW Pillar Mountain Wind Farm was built in two phases. The first three 1.5 MW Wind Turbines were installed in 2009, and three more 1.5 MW Wind Turbines and a 3 MW Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) were added in 2012. Wind Turbine Number One was installed in Phase II.

The estimated number of gallons of diesel saved through operation of the Pillar Mountain Wind Farm since July of 2009 is 10,981,572. In 2016, KEA generated 99.7% of our power with renewable resources. KEA has become an industry leader in integrating high levels of wind power onto an isolated grid.

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Calling All 2017 KEA Board Candidates!

Your 2015/2016 KEA Board of Directors and President/CEO

Your 2016/2017 KEA Board of Directors and President/CEO

Three Seats up for Election on the KEA Board of Directors

Deadline to file:  March 15, 2017

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 Ron Acarregui, Cliff Ford, and Cecil Ranney are up for election.

 Your Completed Nominating Petition Packet must include:  

· Director Candidate Eligibility Check List

· 2017 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 15, 2017. 

 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 17, 2017

This could be YOU in April, 2017!

This could be YOU in April, 2017!

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 2017, 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, 2016.

 The application deadline is February 17, 2017 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:

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 Issues Capital Credits (Cash Back) on Your 2016 December Billing!

Season's Greetings from Your Electric Cooperative!

Season’s Greetings from Your Electric Cooperative!

It really does pay to own your electric company!  KEA is retiring approximately $750,000 to our members this month.  Active KEA members will receive a credit on their December monthly billing, and inactive members will be mailed checks.

Each year, the KEA Board of Directors reviews the Cooperative’s financial picture and determines the current year’s capital credit retirement.  At the Regular Meeting of November 17, 2016, the Board took action to return 1.61% of the total unretired capital credits on file.

Because KEA is a cooperative and is owned by our members, the cooperative does not technically earn profits.  Instead, any revenues, or money, received over and above the cost of doing business are considered “margins”.  These margins are your capital credits and they represent the amount of operating capital the cooperative has to work with in order to finance the operation of the business and to build for the future.

The return of member-furnished capital is called the retirement of capital credits.  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 one of the many benefits of owning your electric cooperative.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at KEA!

Posted in Board of Directors, Capital Credits, Uncategorized

Get $20 When You Sign Up for SmartHub Autopay!

Offer valid through January 31, 2017!

Offer valid through January 31, 2017!

Happy Holidays!  To celebrate the season, KEA will give you a $20 credit when you go paperless and sign up for SmartHub Autopay! 

Have you tried our app?  View your up-to-date account information, schedule a payment, and more!  Download the SmartHub app on your Apple or Android devices.

 

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