February 2 power outage update

At approximately 5:50 p.m., a transmission line fault caused an outage affecting areas north along the Steese Highway, including Chena Hot Springs Road, Skyline Drive and the Elliot Highway. Crews are on their way and have narrowed down the general location of the fault. At this time, the cause is …

Derek Miller, MAC Member

How to become a Golden Valley insider

Join the MAC Have you ever wondered: Why is electricity expensive in Interior Alaska? If we have the most powerful battery backup system, why does the power still go out? Who decides which directors are on the ballot each year? What’s GVEA’s perspective on hydropower? Joining the MAC is a …

The highest bills generally come during the coldest, darkest months.

Why was my bill so high this month?

Generally, December and January bills are the highest of the year (fuel and electric bills both). Here are some reasons why your bill is higher this month: The highest bills generally come during the coldest, darkest months. Higher rates. We are not happy about it either. The truth is that the average …

Worried about bills

Is there any relief for these high winter bills?

“It’s getting harder and harder to make ends meet and I’m having a hard time keeping up with my electric bills. Is there any financial help available?” several members have asked. First, talk to us. Often we can work out a payment agreement to spread overdue payments over a few months. That …

Average Prices 2000 and 2011

Why did my bill go up?

It’s important to identify that the part of the bill that went up is the Fuel and Purchased Power Charge. This charge covers costs associated with purchasing power from Anchorage and buying oil to operate our power plants. Here are three reasons why this charge went up: Healy I was …

Breast Cancer Detection Center of Alaska, Fairbanks

Second round of Good¢ents grants awarded

Laura Wilson, development director for Big Brothers Big Sisters in Fairbanks displays gratitude for a Good¢ents grant for computers. The second round of Good¢ents grants amounting to $29,300 were awarded on November 14. Here’s a breakdown of the six projects the trustees elected to fund: Breast Cancer Detection Center of …

Outage update at 9:45 a.m.

The westside of Fairbanks including Geist Road, the lower part of Chena Ridge and University West experienced a power outage that began at 7:30 a.m. and lasted until 8:15 a.m. Crews in the field found a bad insulator and made repairs as quickly as possible. Power has been restored to …

Household electric usage declines nationwide

What? You have how many plugged in at home? Trend: We’re plugging in more gadgets In 1978, the average American home had one TV. According to a survey by the Energy Information Administration in 2009, that number has increased to 2.5 televisions. Perhaps even more interesting, half of all homes …

Electric heater

Are these electric heaters worth it?

“I’ve seen quite a few electric heater ads recently. There was one in the News-Miner about the EdenPURE, Bob Vila’s favorite space heater. Also, the Amish heaters seem really popular these days. Should I get one?” asked a member recently. A typical 1,200 watt electric heater left on for just …