March/April 2017 Power Lines Issue

Power Lines March/April 2017

2017 Annual Meeting and Election, Clearing Projects, Budget Billing, Rates in Review and Second Quarter Rate Decrease

MATANUSKA ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION’S 2017 ELECTION DETAILS AVAILABLE

Palmer, AK: Matanuska Electric Association announces the Board of Director candidates and Bylaw Change recommendations featured in 2017’s election. This year’s election features candidates to fill one seat each from the Eagle River (Eagle River, Birchwood, Chugiak, Peters Creek and Eklutna) and Matanuska (Palmer, Butte, Sutton, Chickaloon and Glacier View) districts along with two proposed Bylaw change recommendations.

Eagle River District Candidates:
Ted Carlson
David Glines (Incumbent)

Matanuska District Candidates:
Mark Masteller
Marvin Yoder (Incumbent)

Bylaw Proposition 1:
Change board candidate withdrawal timeframe.

Bylaw Proposition 2:
Adjust language of Association record request to reference applicable state law.

All election materials were sent to members March 31. All votes must be received by April 24 at 5PM. Two online voters will be selected to win a year of free electricity (or 10,000 kWh, whichever comes first). The Annual Meeting will occur on Tuesday, April 25 at Raven Hall on the Alaska State Fairgrounds. Doors open at 5:30PM and the business meeting will begin promptly at 6:30PM. Every registered member in attendance will receive a $10 credit on their electricity bill and the chance to win door prizes.

For more information, election materials or event details, visit www.mea.coop/2017election.

MEA ANNOUNCES SECOND QUARTER RATE DECREASE

March 31, 2017

Effective April 3, 2017, the overall monthly bill for the average MEA member (using approximately 680 kWh of electricity) will decrease approximately 5.5%, from $143.59 to $135.69 per month, subject to RCA approval.

The decrease is the result of regular quarterly rate adjustments to both base rates and the Cost of Power Adjustment (COPA). The Matanuska Electric Association Board of Directors voted on February 13, 2017 to authorize an increase of 0.45 percent in base rates, effective the second quarter of 2017. Under the terms of rules set by the Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA), MEA is allowed on a quarterly basis to file for limited increases or decreases in base rates, provided that the adjustments stay within certain financial parameters established by the RCA. This base rate filing will take effect April 3, 2017.

MEA is also filing a 15.17% decrease to the COPA rate, due largely to revenue associated with economy energy sales, which reduces MEA’s cost of purchase power and all else being equal, reduces the COPA rate.  This demonstrates the ability of recent Railbelt collaboration to offset costs for cooperative members.

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Matanuska Electric Association, Inc., Alaska’s oldest existing and second-largest electric cooperative, is owned and operated by its nearly 50,000 members. MEA’s service area covers more than 4,300 miles of power lines in Southcentral Alaska. The co-op is dedicated to working with utilities statewide to provide consumers with affordable, reliable energy. More information at www.mea.coop.

MEA ANNOUNCES SPOTLIGHT ON SAFETY CONTEST FOR FOURTH GRADERS

February 16, 2017


Matanuska Electric Association is highlighting their focus on member safety through a new 2017 Spotlight on Safety Contest for area youth.

Contest Details:

  • Open to all fourth graders in the MEA service area (Eagle River to Trapper Creek and across to Glacierview).
  • Students are invited to submit original content with an electrical safety message in one of three categories: written content, visual content or wild card content.
  • Three finalists in each category will receive a cash prize and one grand prize winner will earn a party for 10 people at the Extreme Fun Center in Wasilla.

In addition to the contest, MEA will present to local fourth grade classes about electrical safety and power distribution basics.

“The safety of both our employees and members is a priority at MEA,” said Julie Estey, MEA’s Director of External Affairs, “We are excited to build on the success of our existing education programs like the Power Pledge Challenge and Safety City and add a new way for youth to engage in making smart choices about electricity.”

Winners of the contest will be announced at the MEA Annual Meeting on Tuesday, April 25 at Raven Hall on the Alaska State Fairgrounds. Students or teachers interested in learning more should visit http://www.mea.coop/safety-spotlight/ or contact Kierre Childers, Community and Member Relations Coordinator at kierre.childers@mea.coop, 907.761.9323. The deadline to enter the Spotlight on Safety Contest is March 31.

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Matanuska Electric Association, Inc., Alaska’s oldest existing and second-largest electric cooperative, is owned and operated by its over 50,000 members. MEA’s service area covers more than 4,300 miles of power lines in Southcentral Alaska. The co-op is dedicated to working with utilities statewide to provide consumers with affordable, reliable energy. More information at www.mea.coop.

January/February 2017 Issue

Power Lines January/February 2017

Rates in Review, Annual Meeting and Election, Paperless Billing Options, Spotlight on Safety Contest

UTILITIES SIGN POWER POOLING AGREEMENT

January 30, 2017

Three of Alaska’s Railbelt electric utilities have signed an agreement to collectively utilize their generation and transmission assets to benefit tens of thousands of customers. The Power Pooling and Joint Dispatch Agreement, signed by Chugach Electric Association (Chugach), Municipal Light & Power (ML&P), the Municipality of Anchorage (MOA) and Matanuska Electric Association (MEA), was filed with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA) today.
Signing of the agreement solidifies work of the utilities on a power market, allowing the utilities to buy and sell power when it is more economic than generating their own. By running the most efficient units first, regardless of location or ownership, the utilities estimate the arrangement will jointly save $12 million to $16 million a year in fuel, operations and maintenance costs, and will reduce CO2 emissions by 90,000 to 120,000 tons per year. In addition to the reduced cost of power and reduced CO2 emissions, power pooling and economic dispatch of power will also reduce natural gas usage.
“Working together to provide power to our customers in the most efficient, cost-effective manner means lower costs and improved reliability for everyone,” said Lee Thibert, Chugach CEO. “This agreement represents a lot of hard work and cooperation on behalf of thousands of Alaska electric customers, and I want to thank everyone involved for the great work done.”
“We are pleased to see our recent utility cooperation expanded into a more formalized agreement that can reduce costs for our members,” said Tony Izzo, CEO, Matanuska Electric Association. “The Railbelt’s new, more efficient generation suite brings significant opportunity for savings when we work together and we look forward to this new era of collaboration.”
“The work of the utilities serving Anchorage demonstrates what collaborative effort can achieve and builds on our cooperative work to provide reliable, cost-effective electric service for businesses and families,” said ML&P General Manager Mark Johnston.
The Power Pooling and Joint Dispatch Agreement is the framework for a commitment to jointly dispatch and share in the benefits of power pooling. The filing with the RCA is considered informational as the utilities continue to work out details of the dispatch and payment reconciliation process—called settlement—throughout 2017. A filing requesting RCA approval of the final, long-term agreement is expected in 2018.

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Matanuska Electric Association, Inc., Alaska’s oldest existing and second-largest electric cooperative, is owned and operated by its nearly 50,000 members. MEA’s service area covers more than 4,300 miles of power lines in Southcentral Alaska. The co-op is dedicated to working with utilities statewide to provide consumers with affordable, reliable energy. More information at www.mea.coop.

Holiday 2016 Issue

Power Lines Holiday Issue

Vintage Edition: Energy Education, Call for Board Candidates, Committee Members Needed

September/October 2016 Issue

Power Lines September/October 2016 Issue

Vintage Edition: 2016 Outages At A Glance, Member Relations, Great Land Recipes, Fourth Quarter Rates

MEA BOARD OF DIRECTORS APPROVE FOURTH QUARTER 2016 RATE ADJUSTMENT

August 12, 2016

Palmer, AK: The Matanuska Electric Association Board of Directors voted on August 8, 2016 to authorize an increase of 2.03 percent in base rates, effective the fourth quarter of 2016.  This is 13 percent lower than originally budgeted for the fourth quarter.

The average MEA member uses just under 700 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month. These members can expect to see a total monthly increase of about $1.73 as a result of the base rate adjustment.

Due to the small fluctuations in both the base rate and the cost of power (COPA), in total, MEA members have seen only a 1.7 percent increase in rates since January 1, including this upcoming adjustment.

Under the terms of rules set by the Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA), MEA is allowed on a quarterly basis to file for limited increases or decreases in base rates, provided that the adjustments stay within certain financial parameters established by the RCA. The rate filing will take effect during the first week of October 2016, pending approval by the RCA.

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Matanuska Electric Association, Inc., Alaska’s oldest existing and second-largest electric cooperative, is owned and operated by its nearly 50,000 members. MEA’s service area covers more than 4,300 miles of power lines in Southcentral Alaska. The co-op is dedicated to working with utilities statewide to provide consumers with affordable, reliable energy. More information at www.mea.coop.

MEA WARNS MEMBERS OF CONTINUED PHONE SCAMS

July 13, 2016

Palmer, AK: Members and businesses in the Matanuska Electric Association (MEA) service area continue to report fraudulent phone calls from individuals claiming to represent MEA. Impersonators demand immediate payment to avoid disconnection of power.

The scammers threaten a MEA technician is on the way to disconnect power, sometimes indicating the member has failed to respond to a notification letter. Members are then being asked to call a 1-855 phone number and dial a special extension to make payment via money order.

“We urge anyone who receives a suspicious phone call from someone claiming to be with MEA to hang up immediately and contact our offices directly at 761-9300 (Mat-Su) or 689-9300 (Eagle River),” said Julie Estey, Director of Public Relations.

MEA Representatives:

  • Will not ask members to meet in person to pay a bill
  • Will not send members to a location that is not an MEA office to make a payment
  • Will not ask members to call an 800 number to make a bill payment
  • Will not accept credit card information directly from members (as of February 2015)
  • Will refer or transfer members to our Interactive Voice Response (IVR) number (888-478-6714) or suggest payment through our website at www.mea.coop.

For the most current fraud related updates, please visit: http://www.mea.coop/member-services/fraud-alerts/.

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Matanuska Electric Association, Inc., Alaska’s oldest existing and second-largest electric cooperative, is owned and operated by its nearly 50,000 members. MEA’s service area covers more than 4,300 miles of power lines in Southcentral Alaska. The co-op is dedicated to working with utilities statewide to provide consumers with affordable, reliable energy. More information at www.mea.coop.