This year’s annual members’ meeting focused on the co-op’s 2012 successes and energy conservation. “I can’t take credit for the successes,” said Cory Borgeson, President & CEO. “It’s a team of dedicated employees, contractors and members who make things happen around here.” Here are some of this year’s highlights:
- The board approved a natural gas-fired power purchase agreement with Chugach Electric Association that will provide lower cost power through March 2015.
- Eva Creek Wind came online at the end of 2012. It is expected to provide up to 75,000,000 kilowatt-hours of wind power annually– enough to power 9,450 average Interior homes.
- GVEA made headway with Healy Unit 2 (formerly HCCP). The cooperative expects to finalize purchase negotiations this summer and bring the power plant online in the first quarter of 2015.
Board Chairman Bill Nordmark recognized retiring board member Ron Bergh for 33 years of dedicated service to the cooperative. “Ron has mentored many of us on the GVEA board, giving us time, encouragement and wisdom. He truly cares about this utility and about this community,” said Nordmark.
All members were encouraged to have a Home$ense Energy Audit. The audit helps members identify where their homes are using the most energy and offers solutions for how to cut back. Coupons for 50% off the audit were distributed at the meeting.
A total of 17 members participated in member comments.
The meeting drew a crowd of 1,059 members.
Here are the cash prize drawing winners from this year’s meeting:
Safeway gift card drawing winners (not pictured):
- $250 Safeway gift card from IBEW and Operating Engineers Unions – Shannon Christensen, Cynthia Fields, Cheryl Stafford