Junior staff coordinator Rick Bahr and the junior staff thank Good¢ents for its donation toward training supplies.

Good¢ents trustees award $53,803

The Good¢ents Board of Trustees recently reviewed 20 applications and awarded 12 grants totaling $53,803. Here is a breakdown of the awards: $5,500 to the Breast Cancer Detection Center of Alaska for an energy-conservation project focused on lighting. $3,000 to Calypso Farm & Ecology Center for a technology upgrade. $5,000 …

Left to right: Healy mechanics, Levi Stamps, Shawn Brekke and Eric Newton, are pictured near the reinstalled valve bonnet.

A lucky find at the Healy Power Plant

A key component of one of the water outlet valves at our Healy Power Plant went missing this spring. During break up, a big chunk of ice came down the Nenana River and ripped the operating mechanism (called the bonnet) right off the valve. The valve was stuck in a …

We don't want to rush it, but we know it's coming.

Winter electric rate forecast

Effective September 1, the Fuel & Purchased Power Charge* will increase from $0.08774 to $0.10576. This charge covers the costs of fuel to operate our local power plants as well as the cost of purchased power from other utilities. It is calculated quarterly with the next adjustment coming December 1. The Fuel …

Electric heater

How much does it cost to run an electric heater?

Electric heaters might be inexpensive to buy, but they are not inexpensive to operate. A typical 1,200-watt electric heater left on just four hours each day will add about $30 to your monthly electric bill. That’s about $1 per day, or $0.25 per hour of operation. Sometimes electric heaters can be …

Question

Is Fairbanks’ population on the decline?

Not if residential electric meters are any indicator If residential electric meters are any indicator of population trends, Fairbanks’ population is still growing. Since 2002, we’ve experienced a 17.5% increase in residential electric meters. And while the percent increase in residential meters has slowed in recent years, it’s still an upward trend. *

Scam Alert

Three scams that could affect you

Last week, a member received a phone call from someone claiming to be a GVEA employee. The caller told the member that his power would be turned off if credit card payment information wasn’t given right away. Fortunately, this member was skeptical and contacted GVEA. If GVEA has any questions …

Joh Walters and Virgil Bullard, Operator/Mechanics, cut gaskets for the new regenerator.

Photos from a North Pole Power Plant project

More than 170 tons of materials have arrived at our old North Pole Power Plant over the past few of weeks. Employees have been anticipating the shipments as they contain the parts for a new regenerator. We’re replacing one of two regenerators in our old North Pole Power Plant. Regenerators capture waste heat from …