Homer Electric Association is preparing for a split from Chugach Electric at the end of this year. HEA’s Joe Gallagher said a series of public meetings was held, to make sure members know what’s coming. Those meetings wrapped up last week.
Gallagher: “We’ve been focusing mostly on giving our members an update on our New Generation. The Nikiski plant is operational now, as many of our HEA members know, we’ve been working on this for several years now. So, our General Manager Brad Janorschke will provide an update on what’s been going on with the Nikiski plant, also an update on the progress at the Soldotna generation plant, basically giving people, again, an update on how we’re moving forward. As most know, January 1st 2014, we’ll be independent from Chugach, so that’s been mostly the main focus of the meetings.”
Gallagher said HEA is not planning an increase in the base electricity rate, so utility costs for members should stay fairly stable during the transition.