Press Releases

April 21, 2017

Chugach Electric Association has canceled its effort exploring the possibility of a hydroelectric project along the Snow River on the Kenai Peninsula. After a series of meetings with government and non-government agencies, and two public meetings this week, the electric cooperative announced today the Board of Directors accepted a staff recommendation to stop all work on the potential project.

March 9, 2017

Sustainability to formally guide cooperative decisions

In an effort to emphasize sustainability in the operations of the member-owned cooperative, Chugach Electric Association's Board of Directors has formally adopted sustainability, also known as the Trip Bottom Line (TBL), as a business management philosophy. TBL is a method of evaluating a business's performance using economic, social, and environmental measures.

February 6, 2017

Engineer Stuart Parks to fill vacancy

Long-time Anchorage resident and electrical engineer Stuart Parks has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the Chugach Electric Association Board of Directors. The Chugach board appointed Parks to the seat at its January 26 meeting. Parks is replacing Bruce Dougherty who left in December 2016.

Parks has worked for NANA WorleyParsons, LLC for the past 12 years and is currently the Vice President, Director of Market and Program Manager.

February 6, 2017

Section between Anchorage/Kenai to get upgrade

Work is underway on a four-mile section of transmission line linking Anchorage and the Kenai Peninsula. Chugach Electric Association is rebuilding the 115-kilovolt transmission line that was constructed in 1962, and is nearing the end of its useful life. Originally designed to carry power from the Cooper Lake Hydro Electric Project to Anchorage, today the line carries power produced at the Cooper Lake, Bradley Lake and Nikiski power plants.

January 30, 2017

Collaboration to save millions for Railbelt customers

Three of Alaska’s Railbelt electric utilities have signed an agreement to collectively utilize their generation and transmission assets to benefit tens of thousands of customers. The Power Pooling and Joint Dispatch Agreement, signed by Chugach Electric Association (Chugach), Municipal Light & Power (ML&P), the Municipality of Anchorage (MOA) and Matanuska Electric Association (MEA), was filed with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA) today.

December 22, 2016

Thousands of past and long-term Chugach Electric Association members are receiving a share of over $4 million retail capital credits retirement. The Chugach Board of Directors approved the retirements in two meetings; December 16, 2015 and November 30, 2016.  

December 9, 2016

10 local non-profits to receive holiday delivery

Continuing a long tradition, Chugach Electric Association is donating 450 turkeys to 10 local charities as part of its annual community outreach over the holiday season. The turkeys will be delivered to the organizations the week of December 12.

Chugach has donated turkeys to local non-profits as a way to help fill the need for holiday meals and food baskets throughout the local area for the past 15 years. The turkeys are purchased from Carrs/Safeway and distributed to the charities.

November 14, 2016

Community notified of eight-hour outage November 17/18 

The third and final outage required for a project at the Girdwood Substation is set for Thursday, November 17 at 11 pm through 7 am Friday, November 18.

Chugach Electric is replacing the enclosure that houses the substation controls located at the Girdwood Old Townsite behind the Tesoro Mall. The eight-hour outage November 17/18 is the third of three outages required for the project.

November 14, 2016

Substation work requires three-hour outage on October 12 

A project replacing the control enclosure at Chugach Electric’s Girdwood Substation will require a power outage scheduled for Wednesday, October 12 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. This is the second of three planned outages necessary for the project.

October 5, 2016

Director Bruce Dougherty resigns

Chugach Electric Association’s Board of Directors has accepted the resignation of director Bruce Dougherty. Dougherty, whose resignation is effective December 14, 2016, said he will be leaving Alaska. As a result, Chugach will have a vacancy on its seven-member board. Applications are being accepted until noon, October 28, 2016.

July 21, 2016

Chugach Electric Association is under new leadership as longtime senior manager Lee Thibert has been named the new chief executive officer (CEO). Thibert replaces Brad Evans, who retired as CEO in mid-July after serving eight years in that role.

June 27, 2016

Community notified of eight-hour outage June 28/29 

A project at the Girdwood Substation will include planned outages for the community this year. The first is set for 11 pm June 28 to 7 am June 29.

May 24, 2016

Chugach Electric Association members re-elected Bruce Dougherty and Susan Reeves to the utility’s Board of Directors. Election results were announced Thursday night at the cooperative’s annual meeting.  Dougherty, Reeves, and Ron Stafford ran for the two board seats to be filled for this year’s election. Dougherty and Reeves will serve four-year terms.

April 22, 2016

ANCHORAGE – April 21, 2016 – The Regulatory Commission of Alaska today approved the purchase of ConocoPhillips’ one-third working interest in the Beluga River Unit natural gas field by Municipal Light & Power and Chugach Electric Association.

April 7, 2016

Chugach Electric Association today was presented with the Governor’s Innovation in Safety Award for a product conceived and designed by Chugach employees. The award was announced at the 35th Annual Alaska Governor’s Safety & Health Conference at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage.

The Innovation in Safety Award is presented to a company or group that has demonstrated excellence in innovation in safety and health systems that protect employees.