Press Releases

2015

July 9, 2015

Customers of Chugach Electric Association served by the Indian Substation may experience two short power outages (less than 5 minutes each) on Friday, July 10.

Chugach will be testing the ability of an on-site generator to provide power to customers. A short outage to initiate the test period around 10:00 a.m. is possible. A short outage will be necessary between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. to return customers to service from the grid.

Chugach is the largest electric utility in Alaska, providing power to Railbelt Alaskans through retail, wholesale and economy energy sales.

June 11, 2015

Chugach has planned an outage that will affect customers in Whittier and Portage. The outage is needed to safely do work at the Portage substation. Crews will be testing and performing maintenance on the substation transformer. The 4-hour outage is scheduled to begin at midnight on Monday night, June 15 and end by 4:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 16. Unplanned events could delay or shift anticipated outage times.

Chugach is the largest electric utility in Alaska, providing power for Railbelt Alaskans through retail, wholesale and economy energy sales.

June 2, 2015

Six miles of transmission line will be rebuilt between Powerline Pass and the Seward Highway near Indian. Crews will access the project from both directions, and periodic trail closures may be necessary. Notice boards will be posted at either end of the project to advise trail users. Construction vehicles and a helicopter will be active in the area during the construction window. The $6 million project is scheduled to begin in June and end in October, with most of the new structures to be erected between mid-July and mid-August.

June 1, 2015

Customers of Chugach Electric Association in several communities south of Anchorage will experience a short power outage Tuesday evening.  Customers at Summit Lake, Sunrise, Hope, Portage, Whittier, Girdwood and Indian will be affected. 

 The outage to each group is expected to be less than a minute long as Chugach reconfigures the electric system to serve them from its Cooper Lake Hydroelectric Project in a test of operational capabilities.  The outages are expected to occur around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 2.

May 15, 2015

Bettina Chastain, Sisi Cooper and Bruce Dougherty were elected to the Chugach Electric Association board of directors. Election results were announced at the cooperative utility’s annual meeting Thursday evening, May 14. Ron Stafford was also a candidate in the election.

The two candidates receiving the most votes, Chastain and Cooper, were elected to 4-years terms. Dougherty was elected to a special 1-year term created by a recent resignation from the board.

May 14, 2015

An old scam targeting utility customers is back. Scammers have been calling people this week and threatening that their electric service will be disconnected immediately if a supposed past-due bill isn’t paid. The goal of the scammers is to obtain credit card or other financial information. Chugach Electric Association does not do business this way.

April 24, 2015

Chugach has planned an outage that will affect customers in Girdwood. The outage is needed to safely perform maintenance at the Girdwood Substation. Crews will be working on a 115-kv transmission structure, and testing and performing maintenance on the substation transformer.

The 5-hour outage is scheduled to begin at midnight on Monday night, April 27 and end by 5:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 28. Unplanned events could delay or shift anticipated outage time. Updates will be posted on Chugach’s website and Facebook page.

January 27, 2015

The Southcentral Power Project tripped offline Jan, 26 at 10:29 p.m. causing an outage to approximately 6500 members. The trip was initiated by the operation of a transformer protective device for one of SPP’s generating units.

The loss of 180 megawatts of generation caused load shedding by various utilities to ensure the interconnected system remained stable and largely energized. Other generating units were started to restore power.