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Matanuska Electric Association, Inc., Alaska’s oldest existing and second-largest electric cooperative, is owned and operated by its 53,500+ members.
MEA manages over 4,600 miles of power lines, our Eklutna Generation Station (EGS power plant), and 24 substations.
Currently MEA utilizes a mix of fossil fuel and renewable generation to meet the energy needs of its members. From 2016 to 2019 fossil fuel generation averaged 89% of MEA’s overall generation with the remaining 11% coming from the Eklutna Lake and Bradley Lake Hydro facilities (10%) and Independent Power Producers (1%).
MEA is estimating a 3% reduction in fossil fuel generation in 2021 due to an increase in available hydro generation resources.
EGS is one of the most efficient thermal generation power plants in the Railbelt, which reduces MEA’s consumption of fossil fuels.
Learn ways to save energy by making efficiency upgrades at home and integrating renewable technologies: https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/energy-saver
Renewables made up more than 17 percent of net U.S. electricity generation in 2018, with the bulk coming from hydropower (7.0 percent) and wind power (6.6 percent)
Solar generation (including distributed) is projected to climb from 11 percent of total U.S. renewable genreation in 2017 to 48 percent by 2050, making it the fastest-growing electricity source.
Globally, renewables made up 24 percent of electricity generation in 2016, much of it from hydropower (16 percent)
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in fossil fuel generation in 2021 due to an increase in available hydro generation resources.
personally generating their power through renewable sources such as solar and wind.
Alaska's largest solar farm, created by Independent Power Producers, provides power to MEA members in Willow.
In 2020, as part of its strategic initiatives, MEA investigated the development of a carbon reduction strategy. In the 2019 and 2020 annual membership surveys, more than 75% of MEA members expressed support for their electric co-op to develop a carbon reduction goal. MEA staff reviewed best practices among other electric utilities for carbon reduction, compiled important metrics about MEA’s current generation mix and recent carbon reduction gains, and held listening sessions with members to get their feedback and ideas moving forward with this initiative. Detailed studies were also conducted to determine different options and trade-offs to achieve carbon reduction.
At their April Board meeting, MEA’s Board of Directors passed a resolution for MEA’s carbon reduction plan, including a carbon reduction goal of 28% by year 2030 compared to the 2012 baseline year. In addition to a carbon reduction goal, the resolution contained other member choice initiatives giving members options to further reduce their carbon footprint including:
Stay tuned to learn about the development of these carbon reduction related programs and how you can be involved. To review MEA’s member presentation on the Carbon Reduction Plan and Initiatives, please click here.
MEA is conducting a siting and routing study to identify two new substations and a route for constructing a 115kV transmission line.
Learn about the substation upgrades in the MEA service area to support a safe, reliable system that meets increasing power needs.
A clear right-of-way allows for our line crews to quickly and safely access power lines, identify outage causes and make repairs.
MEA is committed to exploring collaborative opportunities with our fellow Railbelt utilities to achieve mutual benefits for our members.
The conversion will provide for better voltage support and balancing to the electric system.
Matanuska Electric Association, Inc., Alaska’s oldest existing and second-largest electric cooperative, is owned and operated by its 53,000+ members. MEA's service area includes the communities of Eagle River, Chugiak, and the Mat-Su Borough.